man arrested judge Yorokamu Bamwine’s car
Police officers fired gunshot at a car believed to be trailing Judge Yorokamu Bamwine's car on his way home. File Photo

Police officers fired gunshot at a car believed to be trailing Judge Yorokamu Bamwine’s car on his way home

The current Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine receives death threats. After assassination attempts on some prominent leaders in this country, security in Uganda has become more vigilant, on suspicious vehicles and motorcycles attempting to trail VIPs vehicles.

Among the People assassinated in this way include; AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Maj Muhammed Kiggundu and Prosecutor, Joan Kagezi.

However, on Wednesday evening 16, this week, police in Kampala arrested a man for allegedly trailing Principle Judge, Yorokamu Bamwine’s car.

In the Police report, officers fired gunshot at a car believed to be trailing Judge Yorokamu Bamwine Convoy on his way home.

Security officers guarding Bamwine reported that they became suspicious at a car, Mercedes Benz, registration number: UBF 3794 on their way home from Kamwokya to Naguru, and alerted police at Kira Road Police Station for their intervention.

When Police arrived, they attempted to stop the car from trailing Bamwine’s convoy, but the driver of the car turned a deaf ear to their call, prompting them to fire gunshots at the car and then followed the arrest.

Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, says the driver of the Mercedes Benz was arrested after the gunshots, which left him with injuries.

“We have only one suspect who sustained injuries and is currently admitted to the hospital until he recovers,” Owoyesigyire stated.

However, he says the investigation into the matter has commenced to find out what exactly led to the shooting.

“Kira road police are investigating a shooting by its officers along with the traffic lights after it was alleged there was Mercedes Benz that was trailing the Principal Judge’s convoy,” Owoyesigyire said.

He adds that police will record statements from each party involved, right from the security guard who made the phone call to Kira Police Station to the gunshot victim, who happens to be the driver of the Mercedes Benz suspected to be trailing Bamwine.

“The allegations according to officers that fired shots, are that the suspect tried to flee when they stopped him. The occupant of the vehicle is currently receiving treatment and one of the boda boda rider who was nearby,” Owoyesigyire observed.

“We shall have to record statements from the escorts of the Principle Judge, who forwarded the complaint to Kiira road Police and also from the suspect. As of now, we are still investigating it as a shooting,” Owoyesigyire added.

History

In 2015, Joan Kagezi, Senior Principal State Attorney was killed by an unknown gunman, who was trailing her on a motorcycle. He shot her dead after she branched to purchase fruits on the roadside, in Kiwatule.

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In June 2018, Col. Ibrahim Abiriga, the Arua Municipality legislator was shot dead by unknown assailants, who were trailing him on a motorcycle, on his way home alongside his bodyguard in Wakiso District, Kawanda.

And the recent assassination attempt was carried out on Ronald Ssebulime, who was shot dead in Nagalama, Mukono District for allegedly trailing the State Minister for ICT, Aidah Nantaba’s car.

This comes after Nantaba became suspicious, while on her way to Kampala from Kayunga District and reported to police that strange men were trailing her on a motorbike with likely intentions of ending her life.

But later on, it was discovered that Ssebulime was murdered in cold blood because he was a single father of four who was unarmed as the minister had informed the police. He had lost his way to his children’s school and was probably trying to trace his way to the school.

Nevertheless, Minister Nantaba insists that Ssebulime was after her life, who worked under instructions of some government officials who want her dead.