IGP Okoth Ochola Condemns Checkpoint Attacks on Officers (1)
Martin Okoth Ochola, the Inspector General of Police

Martin Okoth Ochola, the Inspector General of Police, has strongly condemned the senseless act of violence against police officers manning the traffic checkpoint at Kiwumpa village, Kiwumpa parish in Luwero district.

The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has strongly condemned the senseless act of violent attack against police officers, manning the traffic checkpoint at Kiwumpa village, Kiwumpa parish in Luwero district. 

According to Ochola, preliminary information gathered indicates that at around noon, a group of assailants armed with machetes attacked field officers while on duty.

“They emerged from both sides of the checkpoint in a coordinated manner, and attacked the two field force officers, who were armed and providing security to four traffic other officers, at the checkpoint.”

Mr Ochola said the assailants hacked PC Josephat Twinamatsiko on the head and face. His colleague PC Busingye Ronald was also cut at the back. 

He said the assailants also took off with the guns they robbed from the officers.

“The assailants proceeded and set fire, using petrol, on a parked lorry Fuso box body which got a mechanical problem, on the 24.07.2022 at around 3pm and was undergoing repairs. And thereafter, escaped from the scene and jumped into a waiting getaway vehicle, around Kiwumpa Church of Uganda primary school and fled the area,” Ochola revealed.

He said the IGP has extended his deepest condolences to the family, friends, relatives and workmates of the late PC Busingye Ronald.

“He also wished a quick recovery to PC Twinamatsiko Josephat, who has been transferred to Kampala from Luwero hospital for better treatment. The tragic incident is a stark reminder of the hazards police officers face, in their efforts to protect the public and keep citizens safe,” Ochola said.

“We do honor PC Busingye Ronald for his ultimate sacrifice while serving the community in Luwero and the country at large. At this stage, the motivation of the violent attack and murder is not yet established, although it appears they targeted guns for robbery. The other traffic officers, who were not armed were not attacked.” 

He, however, issued a warning to the general public that the security teams have been reinforced in Luwero to help identify and apprehend the suspects involved in the brutal attack.