10 arrested over murdered police officer

Thursday May 23 2019

Police officers and residents

Police officers and residents at the scene where the police officer was killed. File photo  

By YAHUDU KITUNZI

MBALE- Police in Mbale District have arrested 10 people in connection with the death of a police officer.

The policeman was shot during a gunfire exchange with suspected armed robbers in Mbale District.

D/Sgt Fred Chemonges was shot dead while three other police officers sustained seriously injuries last week during an exchange of fire with suspected robbers at Nabumali trading centre.

The injured cops are receiving treatment at Mbale Referral Hospital.

 Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, Mr Robert Tukei said on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested during an operation by Police Flying Squad operatives on Saturday.

Mr Tukei said the suspects were briefly detained at Mbale Central Police Station before being transferred to Kampala.

He said that a clinical office in Mbale town who treated one of the suspects in his clinic, is among the suspects.

 “The robber who was injured was rushed to a clinic on Kumi Road in Mbale town for treatment. Health workers at that clinic admitted him for three days without informing police,” he said.

The clinical officer reportedly told detectives that he received orders from his boss to treat the patient.

Mr Tukei said suspects will be charged with various offences including murder.

He, however, said they have not yet recovered the guns that were used by the suspects adding that two prime suspects are on the run.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) Brig Sabiti Muzeyi, camped in  Mbale town at the  weekend following reports of escalating insecurity in the area.

 

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