21-year-old Elioda Gumizamu from the Field Force Unit (FFU), was arrested and taken to police. He was trying to flee from the scene of the crime, The Daily Monitor newspaper reported.
Elly Maate, the spokesperson for the regional police, stated that the accused policeman and other suspects entered an Indian hardware shop to shoot the Indian businessman in his chest.
The officer was arrested and interrogated. He is currently being interrogated at Kisoro Police Station to determine the motive.
Maate stated that the victim was in critical condition and was taken to St Francis Hospital in Mutolere, Kisoro District.
Police said that Patel died hours later from the gunshot wound.
Gilbert Mwiseneza (a casual worker at Kuntaj’s shop), was one of the eyewitnesses. He said that the armed officer entered the shop and pointed the gun at the boss, before shooting a bullet in his chest.
Mwiseneza stated that after the shooting, he tried to run but was stopped by police officers who gave chase.
Shaffique Sekandi, Kisoro Resident Commissioner, condemned PC Gumizamu’s actions, stating that he had been with the Force for four year.
Two Indians had been abducted months earlier and were later reportedly murdered in Kenya.
It has been revealed that the Kenyan government did not comment on the report.
Namgya Khampa (Indian High Commissioner to Kenya) met William Samoei Ruto, Kenyan President, and asked him to expedite the investigation.