RUKUNGIRI – Police has arrested four people in connection with the murder of two people by suspected robbers on Monday.
A security guard and a night watchman were killed by assailants in the wee hours of Monday morning.
The Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, Elly Matte told SoftPower News on that one of the deceased has been identified as Brian Tumwine, 22, a security guard attached to Security 2000 Ltd and a resident of Kamuganga cell, Kibatsi sub-county in Ntungamo district.
The night watchman was named as Fred Rutabindwa, 68, a resident of Byegerero cell, Bugangari sub-county in Rukungiri district.
The two were guarding the offices of Bugangari Child Development Centre (CDC) in Bugangari sub-county in Rukungiri district which is under Compassion International.
According to Police, the assailants are suspected to have hit the two security personnel with a heavy object, most likely a metal, leading to their death.
The assailants are said to have been robbers who were in pursuit of money.
“These assailants broke into the offices, searched for money but did not take anything. They broke some drawers but there was no money there,” Matte said.
He declined to reveal the identities of the four people who are in detention, fearing that this could jeopardise investigations.
A gun, an AK47 No. 103464-32088 belonging to the dead security guard was found at the crime scene, with two rounds of ammunition.
Bodies of the deceased have been handed over to relatives for burial.
“It is unfortunate to lose two people at the same time. I condemn this act and efforts by police to apprehend the suspects are being made,” the Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson commented.
He urged members of public to volunteer information to the police to assist the investigations.
This is not the first time offices of Compassion International have been broken into by robbers in the lead up to the Christmas season. Criminal elements often take advantage of the fact that during this period, these projects give out mometary Christmas gifts to the children they look after.