Friday April 21 2017

Kween attacks: Bodies handed over to relatives

By Joyce Chemitai

Kapchorwa/Kween.

Police in Kapchorwa District have handed over bodies of people killed during the Tuesday raid on Ngenge Police Post in neigbouring Kween District to their relatives.

The Sipi Regional police commander, Mr Musa Nabende, yesterday cleared the release of the bodies after a police doctor carried out a postmortem on them at Kapchorwa Hospital mortuary on Wednesday.

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces on Wednesday claimed prominent people were behind the attacks on Ngenge Police Post that left five people dead, including the officer-in-charge of the police station, Sgt Emmanuel Totwala.

The attack by men armed with machetes and a gun on the police station happened on Tuesday afternoon.
The men killed Totwala before soldiers of the UPDF intervened and killed four of the attackers in the ensuing cross-fire.

The deceased attackers were identified as Jofari Chemutai and Rogers Solimo from Tuikat Parish, Cheptyony Kapsiyan from Kaptoyoy Sub-county, and Moses Cheptai from Ngenge Sub-county in Kween.

Ms Harriet Chebet, a relative of one of the deceased, said they would bury their beloved one today.
Two bodies have not been picked according to hospital authorities. One is of the police officer, Sgt Totwala, whose relatives had not yet arrived, although police said they were making arrangements to transport the body.

However, the hospital administration said they were still waiting for people to claim the remaining body before they can make any decision.

“We are just waiting for 48 hours to elapse then we can take action and bury according to our policies,” Mr Asadi Tuti, the senior Kapchorwa Hospital administrator, said.

In Kapchwora attack one year ago, two police officers were killed, three guns stolen and another officer injured.

Gun recovered
Meanwhile, security operatives yesterday recovered the gun that was stolen by the attackers from Totwala.
The gun was reportedly abandoned at a pit-latrine in Kaproron Hospital in Kween District.

“We understand a cleaner was running her errands around the compound when she sighted the gun. She alerted other staff and police who called the RDC at around 10am,” said Mr Nabende in a telephone interview.

He said they have confirmed that the gun registration number Ug-Pol 563610562-08493 was the one being used by Totwala and that the rifle was now being kept at Binyiny Central Police Station.

Arrests
However, on Wednesday police arrested six suspects in relation to the attacks who will be charged accordingly.
A security meeting was held yesterday in Kween to forge a way forward as the hunt for the attackers continues.

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