By Stuart Yiga
Police in Kabalagala is holding a Congolese national for allegedly ramming his vehicle into the convoy of First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni with intent to harm her.
Tuse Kawule Olimuengo, a resident of Munyonyo, a Kampala city suburb in Makindye Division Olimuengo who is believed to be a businessman operating both in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kampala respectively, allegedly waited for Janet’s convoy from State House, Nakasero, heading towards Buziga and then suddenly entered the road using his speeding Nissan Fuga 250GT in a manner that left everyone wondering what his motive was.
In the process, about twelve of the First Lady’s Police Presidential guards were seriously injured and later rushed to St. Francis Raphael Hospital Nsambya, in critical condition.
The victims included; the advance team car commander, Richard Kwikiriza, Robert Behangana, Corporal Gerald Nsobya, Corporal Stanley Nayebare, PC Simon Peter Eben, Ben Paul Owirwoth, Ezra Mugisha, Friday Owen, Rogers Bamwesige, Jack Rutebarika, Denis Oundo, Cloudia Yeko, Kenneth Kirengati, and Michael Akireng.
All the injured were traveling on a Police Patrol vehicle registration number UP 2600. Nayebare sustained a fracture on his left leg and also got some complications in the waist, while Simon Peter Eben’s colar bone got a fracture as well as his spinal cord and has been subjected to operation.
Shockingly, the vehicle which the culprit had used to ‘fulfill his mission’ had strange number plates (V50-3705)
In addition, preliminary findings from security intelligence indicate that the culprit did not have any document permitting him to drive.
Security sources assert that the culprit was drunk at the time of the accident although this is being treated as baseless since there are some suspicions that the accident could have been planned with a hidden motive.
“Can you imagine the man did not even possess a driving permit,” one of the security personnel was overheard lamenting.
Meanwhile, when contacted on phone, the Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga confirmed the arrest of the culprit and said, “Our investigating team is on ground to ascertain whether it was an ordinary accident or planned,” Enanga explained.
He also added that Interpol has been tasked to find out more details regarding how the culprit entered the country, when, and what he does exactly as the intelligence team also find out what could have been his exact motive of the accident.
“The fact is that, the accident happened on Sunday at around 7am but it did not in any way affect the First Lady since herself, she was not in the convoy but instead it was her advance team that comprised of officers from the Police Presidential Guard, who got injured,” Enanga added.
By press time, traffic related charges registered vide of reference number TAR 38/2015 had been preferred against the Congolese national.