Police Officer Kills Colleague, Student In Operation

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Police investigators have described the shooting by Corporal Ronald Odeke as rush and negligent.

A police officer and a student have been shot dead in an operation to search for gun that went wrong in Luweero district.

The deceased have been identified as Detective Sergeant Ronald Odongo attached to Luweero Central Police Station and 17-year old Sebastian Katurebe, who has been pursuing a certificate course in  Mechanical Engineering at Madada Foundation Vocational Institute in Kayunga district.

The two were allegedly shot by Corporal Ronald Odeke attached to the Field Force Unit at Luweero Central Police on Tuesday evening. 
They were shot during a scuffle inside the residence of a veteran, Lawrence Tinkasimire at Mulungi Omu village in Kikyusa sub-county, Luweero district.

Lameck Kigozi the Savannah Regional Police spokesperson says police got information that Lawrence Tinkasimire  was in possession of an illegal firearm and deployed officers to carry out a search.

However, during the said search, Katurebe (Tinkasimire's son) fought Sergeant Odongo inside the house, which prompted Odeke to open fire. 

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The dead bodies have been transferred to Mulago Hospital for a postmortem. Police claim they recovered cartridges in the house.

Odeke is currently being detained at Luweero Central Police station and faces murder charges.

Police has however released Lawrence Tinkasimire who had been arrested to ease tension in the village , to enable him bury his son.

Abubaker Ssematimba, the Chairman LC 3 of Kikyusa sub-county accused police of not engaging local leaders in operations and acting on wrong information leading to the deaths.

He explained that Tinkasimire was reported to police by a resident who was angered after he led a community operation against witchcraft.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.