By Fred Kiva
KISORO. The Police in Kisoro have recovered an SMG rifle abandoned by the roadside. The rifle believed to be of a private security company, RPS; is number SAR NO. UG POL K425455-105348.
According to Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson Elly Maate, the gun was recovered at Nyamushungwa village, Mabungo parish, Nyarusiza sub county, Kisoro district.
Maate explained that the rifle was found abandoned in grass by the roadside.
“The gun had one live bullet in the chamber and more 3 bullets not accounted for. RPS supervisor had reported the disappearance of his staff Nsenjiyunva Robert vd SD 14/20/6/2018,” he said.
The suspect, Nsenjiyunva is reportedly on the run as inquiries go on.
This is the second gun recovered in the Western part of Uganda in just a month. Last month, police in the Rwenzori Region recovered an abandoned and an unmarked SMG gun loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition. This was at the peak of a security operation to weed out criminal gangs in the area.
In recent years, the country has witnessed surging acts of gun violence, partly attributed to guns in illegal hands. Several big officials in government and security have been gunned down, with the recent incident being Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga who was shot dead two weeks ago.
Security is taking several measures to curb gun related crime. In May this year, Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola halted issuance of private firearms, pending an audit of guns in private hands.
In his security address to Parliament on Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni ordered fingerprinting of all guns, to make it easier to trace criminals who misuse them.