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I Was Paid to Implicate Gen. Tumukunde in Kaweesi Murder – Suspect Claims

Suspect Musisi Godfrey Galabuzi claims he was paid to implicate Gen Tukunde in the murder of AIGP Kaweesi

Government has been sued for torturing people suspected of having masterminded the killing of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March.

Kaweesi, website like this the then police spokesperson was shot dead by unknown assailants as he left his home in the morning at Kulambiro.

Twenty two people were later charged for participation in the murder by Nakawa magistrate’s court.

Five of these have now dragged government to court for being detained and tortured at Nalufenya Police Station.

The 5 are Godfrey Musisi Galabuzi, Grace Kayiwa Nankya, Friday Benard, Stuart Ainebyona and George William Kimbugwe.

These through their lawyers led by Ladislas Rwakafuzi accuse government of violating their constitutional rights by arresting them.

According to evidence by Godfrey Musisi Galabuzi, he was on March 23, arrested together with others by police and detained at Nalufenya police station in Jinja district.

“We were never informed of the reason of arrest until late night when we were told that we had participated in the murder of Andrew Felix Kaweesi,” Musisi says in evidence tabled before the civil division of the High Court.

The evidence in the suit filed on Monday morning shows that interrogators offered Shs. 1Billion to Musisi to implicate Security Minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde in the murder of AIGP Kaweesi.

“Interrogators offered Musisi a deal in which he would regain his freedom and Shs. 1bn if he testified to the effect that he was approached by Lt. Gen. Tumukunde about March 2, 2017 to procure personnel that would assassinate IGP Kale Kayihira and the late Kaweesi, “reads in part, the application.

Musisi claims in the application that he declined the deal and was returned to Nalufenya and further tortured.

Ironically, the Security Minister, a week ago spoke irritably about the alleged police torture of aspects, advising the force to own up their mistakes and change.

Speaking during a dialogue on media and national security in Kampala, Tumukunde said that while some police operations usually go wrong, they should not be swept under the carpet.

“If there are mistakes, own them,” Lt. Gen. Tumukunde advised police.

“If you think you arrested wrong people thinking they are the ones you wanted, don’t keep them further because you want to justify the arrest.”

On 8th May, Musisi and others were charged with offences related with conspiracy to commit murder and unlawful possession of fire arms and remanded to Luzira.

Through the application, the group says they were detained in filthy, congested and unventilated cells in Nalufenya and treated in an inhumane manner by police.

The group says they got defects on their body parts caused by the torture at Nalufenya and want government to compensate them.

They also want court to declare that it was wrong to be detained for more than 30 days without being taken to court, which violated their rights.

Police has been in the spotlight in the past weeks after gruesome pictures leaked showing Kamwenge Town council mayor Godfrey Byamukama who was tortured at Nalufenya detention centre.

The force vehemently denied all torture claims claiming that some of the complaints had been arrested with their injuries.

President Museveni, amid the flying allegations and counter allegations came out and warned warn police boss Gen. Kale Kayihura, CDF Gen David Muhoozi and other security chiefs against torture of suspects which he said is a backward method of getting information.

Parliament was also concerned with the acts of torture inflicted on Kamwenge mayor prompting them to visit Nalufenya for a fact finding mission.

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