A suspected thug was lynched after he allegedly accessed Nsambya Police Barracks in Kampala and stabbed a police constable to death.
Cyprian Mukama’s death reportedly prompted other officers and their relatives to lynch the suspect, Brian Mukama, 28, at about 3am on Saturday night.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango confirmed the killings but referred this newspaper to Mr Fred Enanga, the Force spokesperson, for details.
Efforts to get Mr Enanga by press time were futile.
According to a police source, the officer’s neighbours heard a scuffle in the house and a cry for help.
When they came out, they saw PC Mukama being stabbed in the chest by an intruder before collapsing in the doorway.
The suspect fled but the deceased’s neighbours pursued him
The source said apparently, the suspect didn’t know the geography of the area as he fell in a ditch from where the mob trounced on him.
Detectives are still investigating to establish how the suspect entered the barracks and whether he had any relationship with the deceased officer. Nsambya Barracks can be accessed by anyone because it has no perimeter wall.
When contacted about officers taking the law into their hands, Ms Grace Akullo, the Director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence, declined to explain.
“The bodies of both the police officer and the suspect have been taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital for a postmortem. The results of investigations will give us a way forward,” Ms Akullo said.
This is the third officer to be killed by suspected criminals in less than a week. Abdu Ssebagala, a flying squad operative, was gunned down near his home last week in Kampala. Another officer attached to Dorwe Police Post in Namayingo District was shot dead.