Police officer shoots one dead in Kisoro

By Sophan Niwamanya


The police in Kisoro district have launched investigations into the shooting of a 28-year-old man by Uganda police officer after he reached Kisoro district.

ASP Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region police spokesperson, identified the deceased as Stephen Munyantwari, aged 28 years, a resident of Kagezi village, Muhindura parish, Kanaba sub-county, Kisoro district, who was allegedly shot and died moments later.

Maate told our reporter that on January 23, 2023, around 8:00 p.m., at the Baby Coach bus terminal near Africano’s Shop, number 71242 PC Twijukye Ronald, 25 years old, a police officer attached to the Kisoro Community Police Post, while armed with an AK-47 rifle UGPOL.KO 180263 and 30 rounds of ammunition, received information that an unknown person armed with a panga was threatening to cut people around Baby Coach bus terminal.

Maate revealed that the Uganda police officer responded and indeed found the victim armed with a newly sharpened panga, and upon seeing the armed police officer, he moved towards the officer, threatening to cut him.

Maate says that the officer ordered the victim to put down the panga with no heed, a situation that prompted the officer to shoot the violent victim in the lower left leg to disable him and save the population from danger.

Police responded to the scene, processed the panga, and recovered two opium sticks.

It was established that the victim was on the spot for being a violent citizen who constantly threatened his father with death due to land-related issues and was mentally unstable due to drug abuse and was completely dependent on smoking opium, where he had a case of attempted murder vide SD:06/23/12/2022 in which he wanted to cut 31891 Sgt Kamari Papius with a panga on 12/23/2022 at Nyakabande Police Post.

He was taken to Kisoro hospital for further treatment, where he died this morning at 6:00 a.m. from his injuries.

The Police Spokesperson notes that cases of shooting were registered at Kisoro Police Station in Bunagana Police Post Kisoro District under reference number SD 63/23/01/2023, while inquiries are still ongoing.