Principal Judge of Uganda Flavian Zeija Survives Assassination from a Roadside Explosive Device. The territorial police at Katonga Region and Mpigi, registered an incident of Attempted Murder, against the Principal Judge, His Lordship, Dr Flavian Zaija, after his convoy was allegedly attacked by suspected gunmen on the 23.04.2022, at around 8:30 pm, around Kalandezi village, Buwama in Mpigi district.
According to the Uganda Police Force s a result, a composite tactical team from Counter-Terrorism, CMI, Forensics, Crime Intelligence, ISO and operations, visited the scene and condoned it off, for a thorough assessment and the team has since established that the attack on the convoy, was instead as a result of an improvised explosive device, planted on the roadside, below the guard rail, at a remote location, in Kalandezi village.
The Police Spokesperson CP Enanga Fred has said the task team recovered a variety of IED components that included; shattered detonator parts, pieces of wire, cut pieces of iron bars, shattered aluminium pieces, and metal fragments, all designed to increase the number of shrapnel propelled by the explosive device.
“There were no bullets or cartridges at the scene. We are grateful that the Principal Judge and his team were not injured. The vehicle of the Principal Judge and the lead car had minor damages from the impact of the metallic fragments.”
It should be noted that the first and similar incident occurred, on the 17.04.2022, at around 9:30 pm, when Busasira Alex, while driving in the company of his wife, from Kampala to Kabale in a motor vehicle, registration number, UBJ399A, were hit by an IED, which was detonated and metallic shrapnel damaged his vehicle, along the Masaka-Kinoni section at Kyangoma LCI, Nkoni Parish, Kingo Sub- County, Lwengo district.
Busasira’s vehicle was perforated by metallic pieces, some of which were picked from the body of the motor vehicle. The victims did not stop, despite the tyre burst and drove miles ahead. The following morning, our task teams, recovered metallic fragments, scattered around the scene.
Enanga has referred to the situation as a cowardly attack and he says the tactical teams are now aware of this new kind of threat on the roads, targeting motorists.
In addition, Enanga says there is no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the nature of the attack, roadside explosives and the timing of both incidents and there is no evidence at this stage, to show whether the Principal Judge’s vehicle, was the intended target or a random incident of attack on any government vehicle.