An initial medical test conducted by the police has indicated that Constable Ivan Wabwire, who shot an Indian money lender on Friday, has a sound mind, according to police spokesperson Fred Enanga. Wabwire was arrested in Busia as he tried to cross into neighbouring Kenya and was subjected to a medical test by a surgeon. The results were negative, indicating that Wabwire was \”very normal and sound\” at the time of his arrest.
The incident, which occurred at Raja Chambers along Parliamentary Avenue in Kampala, was captured on CCTV and has sparked debate over gun violence in the country. Wabwire shot dead Uttam Bhandari, the proprietor and manager of TFS Financial Services, over a debt of shs2,130,000 owed to the money lender. The chilling footage shows Wabwire firing multiple rounds of bullets at close range towards Bhandari, who was the director of TFS Financial Services.
Earlier reports had suggested that Wabwire had a medical condition and had been forbidden from holding a gun. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango stated that \”Police management at CPS Kampala had taken a decision about six years ago not to arm the suspect with a gun and they have been deploying him in beats that don\’t require him to be armed.\” However, on Monday, the police spokesperson clarified that the initial test by the surgeon had indicated that Wabwire was in sound mind and that they were planning to subject him to a psychiatric test to further ascertain his mental status.
President Museveni has demanded answers about how Wabwire, who was known to have a medical issue, was able to obtain a gun. The police have not disclosed details about Wabwire\’s medical condition. The incident has further opened the debate over gun violence in the country, and there are concerns about how individuals with known medical conditions are being allowed to access firearms.