Teargas Explodes, Injures Crime Preventer

Police in Kanungu are investigating circumstances under which a crime preventer possessed a teargas canister which exploded and inflicted excruciating injuries on him. The injured crime preventer has been identified as, Ambrose Kabagambe 32, who allegedly picked a teargas canister from unknown place and kept it inside his house.

ASP Elly Mate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson, said neighbours heard an explosion inside his house and they rushed to his rescue. On reaching the victim’s house, located at Kashayo village, Nyarutojo parish, Kambuga Sub-county, the locals were welcomed by choking smoke of teargas.

Kabagambe emerged from the house with severe injuries on his body. This incident was brought to police attention by Hilary Karamagye 36, a resident of the same and elder brother of the victim now turned suspect waiting to answer charges of illegal possession of government stores.

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Mate said Kabagambe whose source of livelihood is baking chapattis will be interrogated and charged once he recovers. Kabagambe was rushed to Kambuga referral hospital by relatives where he is still receiving treatment.

“The information we had is that the victim is former Crime preventer who has been in illegal possession of the said tear gas canister. After recovery will be charged for being in possession of government stores,” Mate said.

Kabagambe’s explosion and injury scene was visited by detectives headed by ASP Aggrey Twesigye the Officer Incharge –OC station Kanungu police station. The teargas canister exhibits were collected as evidence for Kabagambe’s trial.

Crime preventers were a powerful force during the reigns of Gen Edward Kale Kayihura as the Inspector General of Police –IGP. He once said he had over 11 million crime preventers and they often vowed to die for the President. Some had weapons such as pistols, police force uniforms and handcuffs. They wielders powers equivalent to police officers and sometimes they could threaten police commanders with reporting them to Gen Kayihura.

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