Mbarara National News

Police shoot Simon Katuramu Western Youth MP Aspirant

Police arrests two suspects in connection to the murder of Saturday Ivan Bimanyirwoha who was traveling with Simon Katuramu, one of the candidates in the race to represent youths in western Uganda in parliament and lecturer a Metropolitan University in Kampala

Katuramu, who was shot in the abdomen, is nursing injuries at Mbarara Hospital.

Rwizi Region Police Spokesman Samson Kasasira says Simon Katuramu’s health is getting better.

The suspects are Corporal John Davis Osoda, a counter-terrorism police officer attached to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and Patrick Robert Mutabazi, a driver with UNRA.

They are currently being held at Mbarara Central Police Station.

On the fateful night, Katuramu, also a lecturer at Metropolitan International University, was traveling with three others in a lorry carrying iron sheets.

But when police officers stopped them, they objected. The suspects then shot at the lorry, shattering Bimanyirwoha’s head and another bullet hit Katuramu in the side.

The incident occurred along Mbarara-Ntungamo Road (Bypass). The other two occupants — the lorry driver and his turn man — are still missing, according to police.

Simon Kauramu in a pool of blood

Pictures released by police show the 26-year-old Katuramu being visited by colleagues.

Andrew Mugume, the Kacence West Cell LC I vice-chairperson, says they heard a volley of bullets as police pursued the truck.

“We heard the bullets at around 4:00 am. The police officers were shooting rapidly in the air and at the Fuso as it was heading towards Mbarara town. All of a sudden we saw the lorry stop a few meters from the weighbridge on the bypass, two people jumped out and took off. The other came out crawling,” Mugume said.  

He explains that one of the occupants crawled out and was taken to Mbarara hospital after being hit in the chest. Mugume says police later discovered that one person had died and remained inside the truck. According to Kasasira, two people believed to have been on the truck are still missing.

“A team of detectives and the flying squad has been dispatched to Mbarara weighbridge station to arrest the counter-terrorism officers and UNRA staff who were involved,” he said.

Benon Kyabwisho, the interim mayor Mbarara North Divison North, says the weighbridge officers are never on the road and only show up when they see a truck passing. 

“You see the offices are not on the roadside, you have to first turn from the road up a small hill. The officers are always seated in their offices so when they see a truck pass without going there they start chasing it,” he said.  

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