Two top security officers in Ntoroko district have been arrested on allegations of murder. They are Gerald Atuhairwe, the Ntoroko District Police Commander and Brian Babishanga, the Ntoroko Internal District Security Officer.
The duo was arrested on Sunday and locked up at Fort Portal Police Station under police file number CRB 208/2017.
Lydia Tumushabe, the Rwenzori Regional Police Spokesperson, says the two are wanted in connection to the killing of Erasmus Irumba and Richard Kanyoro, both residents of Butungama Sub County on Saturday.
Tumushabe explains that the DPC, DISO and Lt. Col Richard Muhangi, the Commander of the 3rd Mountain Battalion based in Ntorko district, received information that Irumba and Kanyoro were in possession of firearms and ammunition.
The officers decided to ambush the suspects who were riding two numberless motorcycles at Butungama trading center on Saturday evening leading to a shootout in which the suspects were killed.
Lt. Col Muhangi is currently admitted at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital nursing wounds he sustained in the shootout. According to Tumushabe, three other security officers involved in the shooting are also under detention.
They include Luke Dhadalamu, the escort to the DPC, Ivan Bakasaba and Saul Irema Balimpa, both escorts to Lt. Col Muhangi. Tumushabe says investigations into the incident are ongoing.