Police seizes 35 guns in murder probe
24th August, 2005
yesterday morning, the Police carried
out a huge cordon-and-search operation
in Kyaliwajjala and seized guns from
security operatives and guards as it
heightened investigations into the
murder of Send-a-Cow manager Samwiri
Up to 35 guns, mainly 303 and SAR rifles
were seized and taken to Jinja Road
Police Station in the massive operation
that got underway at 4:00am and went on
till 7:45am. The firearms are to be
subjected to tests by ballistic experts.
Hundreds of regular police, backed by
operatives of the Violent Crime Crack
Unit (VCCU), an arm of the police tasked
with curbing violent crime in the
country, flooded the area and threw in
place a series of snap check-points.
The combined force that combed the area
in search of anything that could have
been abandoned by the fleeing gunmen,
was commanded by Kampala Police chief,
Benson Oyo Nyeko, backed by VCCU boss
Godfrey Bangirana, the Commissioner of
Operations at the police headquarters,
oversaw the operation.
Naswaali, a financial manager and team
leader of the charity, was gunned down
at his Mbalwa village residence by the
thugs shortly after hosting guests to a
farewell party in honour of his daughter
Eunice Naswaali who was supposed to have
flown to the US for studies on Monday.
But what was supposed to have been a
happy farewell for both the family and
Eunice suddenly took a tragic twist
following the shooting.
Speaking at the funeral service for the
deceased at All Saints Cathedral in
Kampala, Francis Osire, a youth worker
at the church who delivered the sermon
and Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, an
in-law to the deceased, called on the
government to put in place a gun policy
to curb gun violence and stop the
disturbing wave of murders.
In the operation, check points were
erected on the Mbalwa-Kireka and
Mbalwa-Namugongo roads and other
auxiliary roads. Motorists heading to
the city for work in the morning were
surprised when the Police waved them
down and searched their vehicles.
Many private security guards returning
from duty had their guns confiscated.
Those who declined were ferried to Jinja
Road Police Station.
Wilson Kwanya, the Police boss at the
Jinja Road Police Station, which is in
charge of the area, said the seized
firearms were part of a normal Police
operation and referred The New Vision to
Nyeko for any comment.
Nyeko said they were searching for clues
and targeted security operatives and
guards in a bid to identify the gun used
in the murder.
Pheobe Kituyi, a granddaughter of the
deceased, who saw the thugs on the
ill-fated Sunday night, on Monday told
the Police that the gunmen were armed
with a gun “like that normally carried
by LDUs”, which suggests an AK47 rifle
or a .32 rifle.
Private security guards from different
firms camped at Jinja Road Police
Station trying to reclaim their
firearms, which the Police said were