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Police foils escape attempt in Lyantonde, two re-arrested

By Davis Buyondo

Added 20th September 2017 07:31 PM

The suspects have been identified as Robert Kasiime and one Yiga said to have been held few days ago.

Police foils escape attempt in Lyantonde, two re-arrested

The suspects have been identified as Robert Kasiime and one Yiga said to have been held few days ago.

 

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Police in collaboration with residents of Lyantonde District on Tuesday pursued and re-arrested two suspects who escaped from a cell.

The suspects have been identified as Robert Kasiime and one Yiga said to have been held few days ago.

Thomas Oyo, the District Police Commander confirmed the incident but declined to divulge details. He said they will be arraigned in court after investigations.

This is the third time suspects are escaping from police since 2014.

A police constable, who preferred anonymity, said the suspects take advantage of the insufficient manpower at the station to escape.

In March 2014, eight suspects disappeared without a trace. Two of the escapees were identified as Francis Twinomujuni and Faisal Bukenya.

The incident happened at around 3:00am but police kept it secret until when information leaked to the media.

Ruth Kamusiima, who was the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations, said the suspects had been detained in connection with cattle theft.

She added that the suspects were capital offenders who would not hesitate to destabilise communities.

In December 2015, four suspects mysteriously vanished from Lyantonde Magistrates court where police had arraigned them on charges of house breaking on file number CRB397/2015.

 

The suspects included Yusufu Sekyanzi, Keziya Muwanguzi, Emmanuel Kalema and Michael Kamaladi.

However, police in collaboration with residents pursued the suspects and caught Michael Kamaladi a day after. He was charged with escape from lawful custody.

Lyantonde police station is among the many in the region with very poor infrastructure. The station also lacks good toilets and barracks.

Last year, officers at this station threatened to put down tools over lack of toilets and poor living standards. They claim to find it hard to operate without a pit latrine.

The one which they've been sharing with suspects and their families was condemned by the district Health Inspector after it filled up.

This followed constant complaints from Lyantonde Town council residents especially those staying near the police station over poor hygiene, the unbearable stench emitted and flies from the toilet.

On many occasions suspects pretend to be in need to use the pit latrine and run plot their escape.

 

 

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