Two people are dead after an attack on a Kasese police post last night. One of the dead is a police officer identified as Charles Kasimba. The other deceased was part of the gang of eight attackers who is yet to be identified.
Another of the attackers only named Mbusa is in police custody. The officer’s gun was stolen after the attack.
Police sources speaking to a Uganda Radio Network reporter say the Mbusa struck the fatal blow that killed Kasimba. Police claim Mbusa was already inside the station at the time of the attack. The other attackers reported to the station later.
While Kasimba was distracted at the counter trying to attend to the men, Mbusa struck him from behind with a machete several times. Police say Kasimba suffered multiple cuts to his head and neck area and died almost instantly.
Officers in the station responded by firing on the fleeing gang. One of the men was struck and killed while Mbusa was injured. Mbusa is now receiving medical treatment at Kilembe Mines Hospital under police custody.
The gang struck Kidodo police post at around midnight.
Police has cordoned off the police post and mounted patrols in Kidodo. The police are also searching for Kasimba’s gun.
Kidodo is about four kilometres from the main Kasese town.
Rwenzori region police spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe confirms the attack and deaths.
The attack on Kidodo police post comes just a day after clashes in Bundibugyo left eight people dead. Police sources indicate the clashes were between the Bamba and Bakonzo tribes.
The Rwenzori region has been plagued by insecurity since 2014. 2016 post election clashes in the area forced the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura to hold crisis talks with the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere and reshuffle police bosses.