Unidentified URA Operatives Survive Lynching

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Two unidentified men suspected to be operatives of Uganda Revenue Authority-URA have narrowly survived lynching in Busia.

Two unidentified men suspected to be operatives of Uganda Revenue Authority- URA have narrowly survived lynching in Busia. The duo was attacked by a mob on Thursday morning in Busia Taxi Park yard while pursuing a suspected smuggler. The two men were allegedly pursuing Charles Ongoma, a Kenyan national over allegations of smuggling two cartons of wheat flour.
It is alleged that duo that was driving a vehicle registration number UAP 416P started pursuing Ongoma from the Kenya-Uganda boarder. They fired in the air when they reached Busia Taxi Park yard attracting the attention of residents.  Angry residents started throwing stones at the duo smashing the hind glass of their vehicle.
Some of the angry residents who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity wondered why the vehicle that is stationed in Tororo was being used to chase people in Busia. As a result of the gunshots Bob Kagarura, Busia District Police Commander rushed to the scene to see what was going on giving the duo a chance to flee for their dear life.

Peter Banamanga, the URA Eastern regional manager didn’t identify the operative but said his boys shot in the air to get away from the mob. Banamanga reminded residents that smuggling is an offense which contravenes section 200 of the customs law and penal code act.  But George Wandera, Busia Field Force Unit commandant criticized the operatives for shooting in the air saying it could lead to blood shade. Our reporter failed to independently establish the identities of the operatives.