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Five remanded over attempted murder of police officer

Mukono, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A medical doctor has been remanded to Kauga prison, Mukono for attempted murder.

Dr. Samuel Ntunya from Mulago hospital was on Friday afternoon produced before the Grade 1 Magistrate Patience Koburungo at Mukono Chief Magistrates Court. Ntunya was charged together with Sarah Nakalema, Yahaya Kitamirike, Farouk Bulega, and Drake Ssembatya.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons and others still at large on July 7, 2022, at Ntawo village in Mukono district, attempted to cause the death of Andrew Mujuni, a police officer.

The accused did not take a plea before the Magistrate. Kaburungo remanded them until July 20. They tried to apply for bail but were denied because they did not take plea.

They were arrested after they were captured in video clips beating Mujuni, a constable from Mukono police division Field Force Unit whom they suspected to be part of a gang involved in armed robberies within the district.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Oweyesigire, the officers were deployed at Ntawo following land fights between residents and Uganda Christian University casual laborers. The wrangle started after John Jjingo, the LCI chairperson of Kitete in Mukono municipality, together with his family members forced UCU casual workers from a house with disputed ownership.

The building was later demolished. As a result, Mukono Deputy District Resident Commissioner, Henry Kitambula instructed police to deploy in the area as well as maintain the sitting tenant.

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