Man named Christmas fatally shot in Kabale bar scuffle

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Man named Christmas fatally shot in Kabale bar scuffle
Ms Peninah Tumwesigyere is inconsolable after the fatal shooting of her son Christmas | Lukia Nantaba

Police fatally shot a man named Christmas Twinomujuni during a bar scuffle in Kabale town on Monday evening.

Twinomujuni, 35, from Rujogoma Village, Burambira Parish in Maziba Sub-county, was reportedly involved in a scuffle with police officers and three civilians.

Ms Peninah Tumwesigyere, mother of the deceased, recounted the harrowing events.

“It was around 10pm when I received a phone call that my son had been shot at Claire’s bar in Nyaja trading centre," she said.

"My other children rushed to the scene and found he had been taken to a nearby clinic. He was later transferred to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

Ms Sonia Nahwera, wife of the deceased, said she was away visiting with her parents when she was told of the fatal shooting.

"I rushed back and found his body lying in cold blood. He has left me with young children, and I don’t know how I will manage. I appeal to the police to handle the burial expenses,” Nahwera said.

Mr James Tumwine, chairman of Nyaja village, attributed the tragic incident to rampant marijuana consumption and alcoholism among the local youth.

“This incident highlights a severe issue in our community that needs urgent attention,” he said.

Kigezi Region Police spokesperson Elly Maate said the shooting occurred during a police operation led by the OC station of Nyaja Police Post.

"The officers found the deceased and his colleagues in a bar, and during a scuffle, the officers were defending themselves when the shooting happened,” Maate explained.

The officers involved, Sgt John Tumwesigye and PC James Owomuhangi, have been detained at Kabale Central Police Station.

“I want to confirm that the suspects have been arrested and investigations have commenced. We have registered a lot of crime in Nyaja trading centre,” Maate added.

By press time, the body of the deceased was still at Kabale Central Police Station as discussions about police covering the burial expenses were ongoing.

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