A 17-YEAR-OLD boy, who reportedly picked a gun from a garbage heap in Kampala is being held at Jinja Road Police Station after he allegedly tried to hand over the weapon to a guard on Sunday.
and Herbert Ssempogo
A 17-YEAR-OLD boy, who reportedly picked a gun from a garbage heap in Kampala, has been arrested. The teenager, said to be a street child, is being held at Jinja Road Police Station after he allegedly tried to hand over the weapon to a guard on Sunday.
Sources said the boy picked the gun from a garbage heap in Bugolobi as he was looking for scrap metal. â€œHe hid it in a bush but was restless and decided to hand it over to the authorities,â€ the source said.
The boy had reportedly seen guards with similar guns and thought it belonged to them.
On Sunday, he reportedly walked to Mbuya where he saw a guard holding a similar gun. Apparently, his plan was to hand it over to him.
However, the guard, only identified as Tony, mistook the boy for a robber. â€œThe boy dropped the gun and took off but he stopped when Tony shot in the air,â€ a source said.
Tony apprehended the boy before the Police picked him and recovered the gun that had four bullets.
Meanwhile, the Police have arrested a man who allegedly conned a pharmacist of sh8m in a ball-bearing fraud.
Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi said Haruna Lubega allegedly told the pharmacist that the bearings sold well in western Uganda where companies are exploring for oil.
17-year-old boy held over gun