On Monday morning, police once again exercised their level of incompetence after they allegedly shot dead a passer-by. Earlier reports indicated that the police who were in a van were trying to calm down tomato sellers who were up in arms due to unspecified problem in the market.
So the one of the police officers shot in the air to scare the traders killing the man on the spot. But an eyewitness said that a woman trader who owed a fellow trader some cash had refused to pay back the money even after being asked adamantly to do so. So she went to the policemen with lies that her debtor is the one who owed her money and so the policemen responded by coming to arrest the other trader. That’s when the other traders protested at the move and blocked the policemen from arresting the innocent trader.
In the process, the policemen ran for their dear lives and once in their patrol van, one of them shot in the air leading to the live bullet landing on a construction worker who was just going about his errands.
After the incident, the policemen sped off and this angered the crowd who at first refused the body from being taken away from the scene until the policeman responsible is apprehended. The deceased’s family also demanded that they want justice since it was an innocent life lost by somebody’s negligence.
This incident comes after a previous one where a young lady died due to injuries after spending weeks in the hospital leaving behind hospital bills amounting to millions. In this case, the lady had boarded a motorbike and then they approached a police check spot where motorbikes were expected to part with a Shs.50 bribe. So when the policeman waved at the motorbike rider to stop but he refused and sped off, the policeman in turn hurled a gun in order to force the motorbike rider to stop but he hit the lady pedestrian who lost balance and fell off but the motorbike rider drove away.
So sad that the lady had to succumb to injuries and the policeman was transferred citing security reasons even after the family members sought justice for the action. But due to pressure mounting on the policeman to own up, he surrendered earlier this week and so will face murder charges.
I think the policemen should act more responsibly when they are in their line of duty and then tough measures ought to be put in place for those behave irresponsibly.