Court Declines to Investigate Torture Claims by Maj. Kiggundu Murder Suspects

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani has declined to sanction an investigation into the alleged torture of 4 people accused of having masterminded the murder of Sheikh Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu in November last year.

Maj. Kiggundu, pills a former commander of the ADF was on the morning of   November 26 shot dead together with his bodyguard by unknown assailants at Masanafu trading centre, medical Lubaga division.

Four people including the acting Tabliq Muslim Amir, Sheikh Yahya Mwanje, 2 bodaboda riders from Kyengera Muhammad Buyondo and Abdul -Wahab Ssendegeya and Muhammad Ssekandi, a businessman from Masanafu who had been charged for the murder complained to the court of being mentally and physically tortured while in detention at Nalufenya.

The group through their lawyers led by Fred Muwema said that police led by Nalufenya commandant Wilson Omoding detained them for more than the stipulated 48 hours on top of the daily torture they underwent; asking court to investigate and issue criminal summons to Mr.Omoding.

However on Friday morning, the Chief Magistrate decline to grant the request saying that the Buganda Road court has no jurisdiction to commence investigations.

He said that despite the court having powers to charge the accused because the offences were orchestrated in its jurisdiction, it was however powerless to institute the required investigations.

“The complaint has to be made to a Magistrate who has jurisdiction to try or inquire into the alleged complaint,” Karemani said.

“This court lacks jurisdiction to investigate the complaints because the accused are before this court for charges that are alleged to have been committed in Lubaga division, Kampala district which is within its jurisdiction.”

He said the acts complained of had been made in Jinja district and not in Kampala where his court has jurisdiction but advised them to file a complaint in the Jinja chief magistrate’s court.

The case was adjourned to February 9th.



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