The Police in Kabalagala are holding Hussein Kakonge, 46, a guard with Muyenga based Security 2000, for trying to disarm a police officer.
ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, said Kakonge sought refuge at night at the station but turned against Police Constable Bamwesigye Junior with the purpose of disarming him of his rifle.
PC Bamwesigye was manning the police counter when he was attacked on March 4, 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 from the house.
“He said he was looking for a place to spend a night. Our officers, under the police mandate of protecting life and property, they gave him beddings to rest near the counter,” Owoyesigyire said on Tuesday.
To their surprise, Kakonge woke up at night around 1:00am and attempted to disarm an officer at the counter.
He used 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 and it has been established that Hussein Kakonge has a military background.
He joined the UPDF in 1996 and has fought against the Lord Resistance Army and others.
He previously served the UPDF in various missions in Somalia. After he returned from the Somalia mission, he deserted the UPDF and later joined Security 2000, where he was also fired.
Owoyesigyire said police are currently working with the UPDF to ascertain more facts on why Kakonge deserted.
“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. We have preferred one count of attempted murder, desertion and attempt to steal a gun against him,” Owoyesigyire said.