Opposition lynchpin Kizza Besigye has described the circumstances under which security operatives on Saturday evening shot dead two armed men at his police station in Nsambya, a Kampala suburb.
Addressing journalists after arriving at the crime scene on Saturday evening, Dr Besigye said the two were shot by security officers in civilian attire as their vehicle was being fuelled by the pump attendants.
“What I have been informed is that some vehicle came and parked at the lower side of the fuel station. And at some stage, a person came out of that vehicle and alerted our staff who were on the forecourt here that something may happen here and that they should remain calm. He went back to the vehicle but they (staff) did not know what it was all about. A while later, another vehicle came to the forecourt parked there and asked for fuel for Shs20, 000 and paid. But as they were trying to fuel that vehicle, men emerged from the vehicle that had been parked down there with guns. They were in civilian attire,” Dr Besigye said.
He said the armed men shot at the two occupants of the vehicle that was being fuelled.
“They came and attacked the people who were in the vehicle that was being fuelled. They shot one dead inside the vehicle. The other one jumped out of the vehicle and tried to run but he was also shot. Later on, they took the bodies away,” added the four-time presidential contestant.
“It is reported that they had had intelligence that the ones who were shot were part of a robbery plan that was intended to rob the fuel station. This is the preliminary information that I have. I have not yet talked to people that were involved in the operation. The station was then sealed off. There were many security people here including those from the military, police and other security agencies.”
The incident is one of the many involving guns in a period of eight months.
Early this month, this website reported that a rising spate of armed robberies involving soldiers has puzzled security agencies, further complicating efforts to stem the crime.
Info256 has learnt that the men behind this robberies are highly trained and coordinated, which has made it difficult to apprehend them.