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Centenary Bank Staff Accused of Battering Client Surety

Charles Bahemuka says he was tortured by Centenary Bank Loans officials

Charles Bahemuka, pills a village council leader in Kagadi district is nursing serious injuries after he was paid a visit by employees of Centenary Bank.

Bahemuka, advice the L.C. I Chairperson of Nyamyeguruma village says he was severely beaten by the bank officials from the Loans department.

He says the officials lashed him with sticks, boxed and kicked him, after the disappearance of Ibrahim Kiiza, one of his village members, for whom he stood surety for a Shs. 8million loan.

Speaking to our reporter while at Kagadi police station on Saturday, a teary Bahemuka said he was in a lot of pain at the time he decided to take the matter to the police.

He says he sustained a compound fracture on the right arm and had wounds on several parts of the body. He said the bank officials battered him when he failed to provide the new address of Kiiza.

Bahemuka admitted to have signed for Kiiza’s loan as a village leader, but didn’t know his current whereabouts.

While he cried for help, he says, his 90 year old mother intervened to rescue him but she too was beaten by the officials.

This, according to Bahemuka, was not the first time to be maltreated by Centenary Bank officials. He said last year he was detained for almost the entire day in one of rooms at the Kadagi Branch.

The OC CID Kagadi Police Isaac Mugera told us they arrested three officials from the bank who he identified as Louise Ngabirano, Isack Kigundu and Ronie Erick Kitaku all working in the bank’s loan section. These were however released later on police bond.

Mugera said the suspects after investigations will be arraigned before court and charged accordingly.

When contacted for comments, Kagadi Centenary Branch officials we found at the police station declined to talk about the matter.

The victim Bahemuka has since been referred to Kirembe Hospital in Kasese district where he is getting treatment.

 

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