Police has explained circumstances under which there was a fracas at the home of former Supreme Court judge, Prof.George Kanyeihamba in Buziga.
On Friday morning, there were reports that Kanyeihamba had been held hostage by one of his police bodyguards at his home over unknown reasons.
However, in a statement, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said dismissed the reports as not being true saying there was only a minor incident that the retired judge used to casue alarm to the public.
“A police guard at the retired Judge’s home lost his father and he requested his principal, who is Prof. Kanyeihamba, to allow him go for the burial.He(Kanyeihamba) ordered him to hand over the gun to him, which the guard rejected,”Owoyesigyire said in a statement.
He explained that according to the force’s standing orders, a police officer is not allowed to hand over his firearm to unauthorised persons and this is what happened prompting the retired judge to react angrily.
“The retired Justice ordered other workers to lock the gate and not to allow the guard to leave.
The police guard called his superiors, who went to the residence and he handed over his gun to them before a new guard was deployed to cover his beat.”
“Therefore rumours circulating that the Retired Justice was held hostage by his guard aren’t true.”
Police said the guard was later allowed to go attend the burial of his father before a new guard was deployed at Kanyeihamba’s home but regretted the actions of the retired judge saying they were uncalled for.
“It is unfortunate that the retired Justice decided to alarm the public that he is being held hostage well knowing that he is the one who ordered other workers to lock the gate,”Owoyesigyire said before applauding the police officer for sticking to the VIP guard protocols.
“At the same time we urge the rest of the VIP guards to do the same at all time.”