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4 Police Officers Charged for Torturing Kamwenge Mayor Byamukama

ASP Patrick Muramira, ASP Fred Tumuhairwe; Habib Roma (driver) and Ben Odeke were charged today for torturing Kamwenge Mayor Godfrey Byamukama (Photo by Kenneth Kazibwe)

Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court on Friday evening charged 4 police officers with torturing and causing harm to Kamwenge Town council Mayor Godfrey Byamukama.

Byamukama was last month arrested on suspicion of participating in the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March; and detained at Nalufenya police station where he was tortured from.

Gruesome pictures showing wounds of the tortured mayor went viral a few weeks ago, this attracting public wrath towards police.

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On Friday, detectives ASP Patrick Muramira, ASP Fred Tumuhairwe; Habib Roma (driver) and Ben Odeke were brought before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani and charged with torture.

“Together with others still at large, you tortured Mr. Godfrey Byamukama, the mayor of Kamwenge  by  beating him with batons and iron bars on the knees and ankles while arresting  him,” the chief magistrate read to them the charges.

According to the charge sheet, the incident happened on April 5, after arresting Byamukama from the office of William Turyomurugendo, the commissioner planning and quality assurance in the ministry of lands and urban development.

The four police officers denied the charges.

Bail

These through their lawyers   Humphrey Tumwesigye and Banabas Kamya requested that court releases them on bail because it is their constitutional right, and presented a number of sureties.

“They will not interfere with investigations since they gave themselves in to police when asked,” Tumwesigye told court before presenting the identification documents for the sureties.

In response, the state prosecutor Nelly Asiku however, asked court for an adjournment so that she could verify the ‘big volume’ of documents presented by the sureties.

The Buganda road chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani concurred  with the state prosecutor  that the documents had to be verified and adjourned the case to May 30.

The four police officers were remanded to Luzira prison.

Police continues to suffer in negative light over the back to back accusation of torture of the people in detention.

A report released by the Uganda Human Rights Commission on Thursday ranked police number one torturer of suspects.

“UHRC has established that torture mostly occurs during arrest and pre- trial detention of suspects in both gazetted places such as police cells and ungazetted ones like torture chambers or safe houses,” reads the report in part explaining it is done as a tool of investigation to obtain information.

President Museveni recently warned security agencies against torture of suspects labelling it as being an ‘outdated’ method of getting information.

 

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