2 arrested over Kisoro businessman shooting

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Two people, including a boda-boda operator, have been arrested by the security officials in Kisoro District in connection with the attempted murder by shooting of a businessman Stephen Sabiiti Semitwe.

Mr Semitwe, a resident of Birembo village in Butare parish, Kisoro District was shot at by the attackers who waylaid him as he returned home at the weekend.

The shooting of the businessman comes at a time when the country is mourning the death of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who was gunned down together with his bodyguard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewo last Friday.

The Kisoro Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Shafique Ssekandi, on Monday said security officers have concealed the identities of the arrested suspects to avoid jeopardising investigations adding that the victim, Mr Semitwe is out of danger and is currently being admitted to Mutolere Hospital with injuries on the right hand and the forehead.

He also said the victim was last Saturday night, at around 8pm, attacked a few metres to his residence in Birembo village by unknown thugs that were armed with guns and they fired about four bullets, injuring him before they disappeared.

Mr Ssekandi said this was the third time armed men were waylaying Mr Semitwe and called upon the public to volunteer information about people that are holding illegal guns.

“As security, we appeal to the public to volunteer information on the wrong characters that are holding guns illegally so that they can be arrested. We also appeal to the local leaders to always report new faces in their communities to the police for questioning,” Mr Ssekandi said.

He added that the boda-boda rider that was arrested is the one who was transporting him to his home and the second person who was arrested was identified by residents claiming he had been having misunderstandings with the victim.

The police spokesman for Kigezi sub-region, Mr Elly Maate, confirmed the incident saying that police investigations into the matter are still going on.

The Kisoro District chairman, Mr Abel Bizimana, said government should quickly launch an operation to remove all illegal guns in the hands of wrong elements in the district.

“Illegal guns in Kisoro District have become a problem and I feel that the central government should launch an operation to remove them for the safety of the people that elected me and this government into office,” he said.

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Mr Stephen Sabiiti Semitwe was shot at by thugs who waylaid him as he returned home at 8pm last Saturday.

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