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Kamwenge Mayor Tormentors Freed, Barred From Places of Work

Junior officers Habib Roma and Ben Odeke arrive at court from Luzira prison

Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani has set strict conditions on 4 police officers who are accused of torturing and causing harm to Kamwenge mayor Godfrey Byamukama.

Four police officer; ASP Patrick Muramira, viagra ASP Fred Tumuhairwe; Habib Roma (driver) and Ben Odeke were last week charged for torturing and causing grievous harm to Byamukama.

Today   however, physician these were released on bail by the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate but on strict conditions.

Detectives ASP Patrick Muramira and ASP Fred Tumuhairwe disembarking from a prisons bus on Tuesday

Detectives ASP Patrick Muramira and ASP Fred Tumuhairwe disembarking from a prisons bus on Tuesday

The two ASPs were ordered to pay a sum of Shs. 2 million each in cash whereas the other junior officers were required to part with shs 1million each in cash.

“You are supposed to bring documents from the in-charge of the barracks where you stay and if any of you stays outside the barracks, abortion they are supposed to bring letters from the area LC1 chairman,” he ordered.

The four police officers were released on bail

The four police officers were released on bail

The magistrate also ordered that each of the 4 accused police officers stays away from his place of work until the case is disposed of so as to avoid interference with witnesses and other investigations.

Earlier, the state prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya who had not objected the bail application asked for measures that would ensure that there is no interference by the accused into the ongoing investigations into their case.

“There is no substantial defect to point out in their bail application but I would ask for an expeditious conclusion of inquiries into this matter,”Muwaganya had earlier asked court.

Buganda road court Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani.

Buganda road court Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani.

Kamwenge Mayor Byamukama was last month arrested in the city centre on suspicion of participating in the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March before being detained at Nalufenya police station where he was tortured from.

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

A report released by the Uganda Human Rights Commission last week ranked police number one in torture 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 gazetted 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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