At least two of the 13 guns that have been stolen from killed security personnel since July this year have been recovered in Jinja following a fierce fire exchange between military and suspected thug.
A week ago, unknown assailants shot and killed a Uganda People’s Defence Forces -UPDF soldier who was identified as Sgt Simon Peter Eyagu guarding amber coat road to Gaddafi barracks in Jinja. The killers varnished with Sgt Eyagu’s gun including that of his colleague Cpl Norico Kibirige who at the time of the attack had gone to buy some drinks.
The guns taken from murdered Sgt Eyagu brought the number of stolen but not yet recovered guns to 10. But early this week, thugs took a gun from a GKO private security guard in Kasangati, and also raided Bungokho police post in Mbale where they varnished with two rifles.
This Week’s incidents brought the numbers missing rifles to 13. But with the recovery of two guns from a suspected thug in Jinja on Saturday has now left 11 guns yet to be recovered from thugs.
However, thugs attacked security personnel on foot patrol on Saturday night at Kapeeka- Nakaseke where a UPDF soldier was killed. But security agencies quickly retaliated by killing two of the attackers and recovered one gun.
The incidents in which the 13 or more guns have been stolen from killed police officers, soldiers and private security guards started on July 24 at a road checkpoint in Luweero where two police guns were taken and Constable Busingye was left dead.
Security guards Jonathan Emuroni, James Amuriat, Samuel Muhindo and Bernard Nalulu were killed between August and September this year and their guns were stolen.
Busiika police station in Luweero district was also attacked on October 31 whereby two police officers were shot and killed. The attackers didn’t spare their guns.
However, a one million dollar question is who is killing police officers, private security guards and soldiers. Why is the person (s) interested in guns without taking any other valuables. Apart from those that have been successfully shot and killed, some police stations like Kensington in Kyanja and Nakulabye in Lubaga division have survived by a whisker after thugs fired bullets into such premises or they were repulsed.