The police in Kabalagala is investigating circumstances under which Hussein Kakonge, 46, a guard with Security 2000 located in Muyenga, who sought refuge at night at at the police station, turned against an officer Constable Bamwesigye Junior with the purpose of disarming him of his rifle at the dead of the night. According to the CCTV footage witnessed by the Campusa Magazine, the man is seen violently pouncing to the officer from his sleeping mat trying to grab the gun however he was overpowered by those nearby officers.
PC Bamwesigye was manning the police counter when he was attacked at the wee hour of the night on 14.03.2022 at Kabalagala Police station.
Preliminary information shows that Kakonge introduced himself to officers at Kabalagala Police Station as a guard and he claimed that he was stranded after his bosses evicted him out of the house.
He said he was looking for a place to spend a night.
Being human enough and guided by the police mandate of protecting life and property, they gave him beddings to rest near the counter.
To their surprise, Kakonge woke up at night around 1am and attempted to disarm an officer at counter.
He started using a helmet to assault PC Bamwesigye and later tried to disarm him of his gun.
The officer put up resistance until other officers, who were nearby, came and subdued the suspect.
Kakonge was immediately arrested.
Police did further investigations on the suspect and background.
It has been established that Hussein Kakonge has a military background.
He joined the UPDF in 1996 and has previously served the UPDF in various missions in Somalia, fight against the Lord Resistance Army and others.
After he returned from Somalia mission, he deserted the UPDF and later joined Security 2000, where he was also fired.
The police are currently working with the UPDF to ascertain more facts on why he deserted the army.
Credits have been flowing to the officers at Kabalagala Police Division for the vigilance and quick reaction they exhibited during such an action because the situation could have ended badly had the officer been disarmed.
Officers around Kampala Metropolitan Policing area have also been urged remain vigilant and alert while on duty since the threat of targeting their guns still exists . The suspect is detained at Kabalagala Police Division.
One count of attempted murder, desertion and attempt to steal a gun have been preferred against him.