By Kevin Patrice
Details have surfaced regarding the traffic police officer who was shot together with his wife on their way to the hospital in Nakapiripiriti on Sunday 4.
The deceased has been identified as Fahad Taliyiwula 32, who has been serving the force under the traffic department attached to Nakapiripiriti Police station in Karamoja subregion.
He was short along with his expectant wife Ms. Jacklyn Nandigobye who sustained serious injuries and has since been admitted at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital under critical conditions.
Taliyiwula has also been the elder brother to NUP’s flag bearer for Buzaaya County MP seat who also doubles as Vice-Chairperson NUP Kamuli DistrictSharon Taliyiwula.
Mt. Moroto regional police commander, Mr. Gerald Twishime said Tulyaura and Nandigobye were ambushed between Nabwin Agricultural Research Institute and Lokali Bridge which borders Moroto, Nakapiripirit, and Napak districts.
Mr. Twishime said the assailants were donning the Local Defense Unit personnel uniform.
“Talyaura was shot at close range and the bullet penetrated through the thigh and abdomen. However, the injured Talyaura continued riding the motorcycle up to Lokali Bridge where he became weak before making phone calls. We rushed to the scene and found both of them bleeding. Talyaura died on the way to Matany hospital after failing to get a scanning machine in Moroto hospital,” he said.
Ms. Taliyiwula Sharon said her brother’s murder is a great loss to the family and demanded that an investigation be conducted to bring the perpetrators of the murder to book.
She also argued that it’s a pity that someone that has sacrificed his all to protect the country must in the end sacrifice their lives too. She faulted the government for not doing enough to protect the men and women in uniform while they execute their duties.
” We have lost a great pillar as a family. My prayer is only that an investigation is conducted and the culprits are brought to book. Fahad has served his country whole-heatedly but it’s a pity that he had to give his life as well. She said.
” I think the Government should do more to protect the lives of men and women in uniform. Juma, a police officer could not find secure means to deliver his expectant wife to a health facility yet it should have been readily availed by his employers. And now see what happened. He was killed.” She told Jinja Times in a telephone interview on Monday.
Joel Taliyiwula, Fahad’s brother described the deceased as a very irreplaceable honest gentleman whose honesty and faithfulness would light up wherever he went.
He will be laid to rest at the family ancestral grounds in Buwagi Nawanyago Sub-county Kamuli District today at 2 pm.