Chairman for disarming an officer
Kiyaga Zone Bwaise I chairman in Kawempe Division on run for disarming an officer manning Youth Elections. FILE PHOTO

Police in search for six suspects and an area Chairman for disarming an officer manning Youth Elections

The Kampala Metropolitan police station has confirmed it has embarked on the search for six men and an area Chairman for causing commotion during the Youth Elections held on Monday including disarming a police officer who was manning the voting exercise in the area.

According to a statement released by the police on the evening of Monday, a video was circulating on various social media platforms of how an officer manning youth elections at Kiyaga Zone Bwaise I, Kawempe Division in Kampala district was disarmed by a section of locals.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango says that the shocking incident happened during the declaration of results where youths from the National Unity Platform (NUP) agitated that there was a likelihood of the area electoral commission declaring an NRM candidate as the winner contrary to the votes readout.

‘’We have watched a video circulating in the social media of our officer who was disarmed by a local leader in Kawempe Division Kampala with dismay. This shocking incident happened today during the youth elections at Kiyaga Zone Bwaise I, Kawempe Division in Kampala district during the declaration of where National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate had got 21 votes against National Resistance Movement (NRM) 09 votes. The Youth started agitating that there was a likelihood of declaring the NRM candidate as the winner,’’ part of Onyango’s statement read adding that the youths switched their discomfort to the officer manning the voting exercise and began raising insults at him.

‘’They turned to the police officer Cpl Jack Rutabaleka, who was providing security at the venue and started insulting him. Then six men came from behind and grabbed him unaware, in the process the Local Council I Chairman of the area Joachim Kimera came and disarmed him. ‘’

Onyango further explained that this was a planned move by the chairman and the six men. 

Chairman for disarming an officer
Kiyaga Zone Bwaise I chairman in Kawempe Division on run for disarming an officer manning Youth Elections. FILE PHOTO

He said that after removing the gun from the police officer, the chairman ordered the six men to run away and the chairman only returned the officer’s gun after the men had disappeared.

‘’After their escape, the chairman returned the gun to the officer. The officer did not want to cause commotion at the venue since he was alone at that time. He called for reinforcement to have the chairman arrested but he too had disappeared,’’ Onyango explained.

He, however, mentioned that they have already opened up a case against the suspects and they will be charged for cases among others assault and disarmament.

‘’Police have opened up a case of assault and disarming a police officer on duty at Kawempe Police Station. We are now looking for the chairman and the six suspects to arrest them for committing an offence,’’ he added.

‘’We want to send a strong warning to members of the public to desist from a criminal act of disarming security personnel on duty.’’