On the evening of Saturday, Sgt Silvester Kucha, the man in-charge of Malabisia’ s Lugulu AP Police camp, in Busia County, Butula Sub-County reported that the police camp had been attacked by members of the public in a mob justice style and burned down the Administration Police post following a series of events.
The arrest and Suicide
In the early morning of Saturday 6th April 2019, at dawn the hours between 4;00 am and 5;00 am, the police at the area arrested a 20-year-old suspect called Jaston Wafula Baraza alias Ochieng Misiko, on suspicion of offense of defilement.
It was later reported that Mr Jaston Baraza, the arrested suspect committed suicide inside the police office where he was locked in that morning.
The incident was reported to relevant authorities and the scene visited by the DCIO from Butula region, the OCS from Bumala Police Station and the intelligence officer from Butula; who oversaw the scene processing and photographing by a crime scene officer.
Turn of events
However, things turned chaotic when member of the public reportedly converged at the scene and became riotous, forcing the officers at the scene to shoot several rounds of ammunition in the air in a bid to disperse the charging crowd.
When things got out of hand,police reinforcement was called in from the neighboring sub counties of Busia led by the Busia acting County Police Commissioner, Busia DCIO and the CO CIPU Busia.
The reinforcement response saw the evacuation of the sergeant in-charge of the police post and his officers after the officers fired blanks and live ammunition to get rid of the charging crowd.
The body of the deceased was later moved to Busia County Referral Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem.
Police Post Burned down
The irate members of the public from surrounding villages later on burnt down the Police Post that consisted of one block with six rooms in which the officers resided.
No major injuries were reported, except the damages caused to the windscreens of two vehicles belonging to the DCI Butula vehicle and the border patrol vehicle.