Police Officer Arrested for Shooting Indian Businessman Dead in Kisoro

A police officer attached to Field Force Unit (FFU) department in Kisoro has been arrested for allegedly shooting an Indian businessman to death.

The officer, identified as Eliod Gumizamu, attached to the Nyakabande Refugee  Transit Centre is alleged to have shot and injured Patel Kunjaj, a 24-year-old Indian national who operates a Hardware shop in Kisoro municipality on Thursday afternoon. Kunjaj later died at St. Francis hospital in Mutolere where he had been admitted, due to excessive bleeding. 

An eyewitness who preferred anonymity told our reporter that Gumizamu appeared with a group of unidentified men and entered the hardware shop. In the process, Gumizamu pulled out a gun and shot Kunjaj in the chest. 

After the incident, Gumizamu put the gun in a sack and boarded a motorcycle to take off. However, locals in the vicinity who heard the gun sounds and an alarm from Kunjaj’s workers encircled the area and arrested him. The rest of the group members were able to escape.

The Police Spokesperson for Kigezi region Elly Maate confirms the incident and says that Gumizamu is now held at Kisoro Police Station as efforts to trace other suspects continue. Maate added that the police were able to recover the gun which was used in the crime.

Upon interrogation, Gumizamu told police detectives that he was hired by a businessman he only identified as Commando 8 to commit the act at a cost of 20 million Shillings. 

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