Police in Kawempe division is holding one of its own officers for shooting a local musician during a bar brawl that resulted from drinking spree.
Fred Enanga the police spokesperson has identified the officer as Corporal Gonzaga Wagaba attached to Kawempe police station.
He shot a local musician Cornelius Oloya alias master blaster in the abdomen killing him instantly.
Enanga said that on the fateful day Cpl Wagaba together with six other police officers on patrol rushed to Eden Service Park in Bwaise Kawempe division following a reported chaos between South Sudanese and Ugandans at the bar.
He said that when the police reached at the bar, they found revelers were all very drunk and shouting but not fighting as earlier reported.
The police spokesperson said that police is trying to investigate why Cpl Wagaba withdrew his pistol and shot at people who were not fighting and claims that the deceased was trying to grab a gun from police officers.
“You cannot shoot someone in the stomach who is trying to grab your gun. That means that he was pointing the pistol in his abdomen.” Enanga said.
He added that “We will also ask him why he shot at people who were not fighting; no fighting materials were discovered at the scene but only drunk people, there was no need of releasing bullets.”
He further said that after the shooting, police rushed Master Blaster to Mulago hospital for first aid but he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Fellow musicians and eye witnesses said that the scuffle started around midnight on Tuesday went on till morning.
It is indicated that the shooting occurred at about 6:00am when the Police came to intervene.
Police forced management to close the bar after the shooting.
It is also noted that when management opened the gates later, South Sudan nationals found their rivals waiting outside.
The police was also in place to calm the situation.
A source said that Cpl Wagaba started shooting recklessly while trying to protect the Sudanese who had booked the bar for their night and in the process he shot Master Blaster who was standing a few meters from the scene.
It is also reported that the fading Master blaster had earlier attempted to gain access to the venue to see whether he would be allowed to perform for the group but he was turned away with the South Sudanese preferring their own entertainers.
After the news of his death, irate residents descended on the Sudanese in the area, started battering them, looting their property, torching their houses and cars in revenge for the brutal murder of their faded singer.
Fred Enanga said that police had to intervene to rescue the situation which had gone out of hand.
Enanga says that 60 people were arrested during the violent clashes.