By John Ogulei
Police at Bukedea district on Wednesday night shot an unarmed student over violation of curfew regulations.
The deceased has been identified as Otimong Patrick aged 18yrs as a student of Sironko Senior Secondary School in Sironko District.
According to the East Kyoga Police Spokesman, David Ongom Mudong, the incident happened at Kanyipa Village, Kanyipa Parish, Kolir Sub county in Bukedea District.
Ongom told this website that the police has so far arrested one police officer identified as SPC Okurut Simon on charges of murder by shooting.
He added that, the matter which is currently under investigation reveals that, in the night of 24th/02/2021, the area LC1 Chairman identified as Okolong Simon who is also under police detention unlawfully gave orders to residents to drink and dance overnight.
The LC1 Chairman’s actions according to Mudong totally contravene the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures regarding the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic since Bar businesses have not yet been allowed.
He added that, the police officers who were on routine implementation of the curfew time operations met resistance from the errant members of the public prompting the SPC to discharge live bullets that claimed the life of the victim.
“As police, we condemn the act of unprofessional conduct of officers of using live ammunitions against unarmed civilians but of course we also do condemn provocation from the members of the public against police officers on lawful duty.” Mudong said.
He added that detectives were on ground actively recording statements from relevant witnesses and gathering evidences saying the file is due for submission to the RSA for perusal and legal advice.
“Should the file be sanctioned by the RSA, those implicated shall face the law,” Ongom said.
The Bukedea RDC, Geoffrey Okiswa has also condemned the police actions but has warned the public to desist from violating Curfew regulations.