Musisi Godfrey Galabuzi, stuff another man arrested in the murder of former Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi today cried out to President Yoweri Museveni to intervene in the plight of him together with several other suspects’ who allege to have been undergone torture at the Nalufenya detention centre.
Galabuzi who appeared petrified, said he was arrested on March 24th together with his wife from their home.
Today, he was brought before Nakawa Grade One Magistrate Margaret Annyu, where Prosecution sought to reinstate older charges he was exonerated of last year.
In this case which Grade One Magistrate Noah Sajjabi threw out, he was charged together with Lista Mutebi for conspiring to murder one Dr Kenneth Ofosou Barko on 26 May 2016 along Lugogo by Pass in Kampala.
During today’s session, Galabuzi told court that he was gravely tortured at Nalufenya and his rights abused.
“I would like President Museveni to intervene in this matter. This is now the sixth time I am being arrested without any clear reason,” he said.
The suspect went on to show journalists his hands and finger nails which he said were pricked with needles while in detention.
“I ask myself if in Uganda we have two constitutions because I have been in detention for more than 30 days without being produced in any court,” he added.
At the court Galabuzi’s wife Grace Nankya, who was arrested with her husband but later released, said that ever since the brutal arrest, their family members live in constant fear.
Prosecution filed an application before the court, to reintroduce the charges against the suspect which were dropped last year.
This was however challenged as unlawful by defense counsel George Muhangi, noting that by law, a person cannot be charged twice for the same case.
In response, state prosecutor Grace Anyango asserted that despite the dismissal on their own request, State was left with an option of reinstating the charges at any time they received relevant evidence.
The magistrate said she needed ample time to study the ruling in which the matter was dismissed, to come up with her own ruling on the application.
Last week, 13 people arrested in the murder of Kaweesi made similar allegation of torture during their detention, which police vehemently denied.
The suspects, some of who were limping bared their scarred bodies to media cameras, but the police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye said they lied.
He said some of them showed wounds that “were obviously sustained before admission into our facility.”
Kasingye termed the suspects’ claims as “baseless,” and reiterated the force’s “commitment to ensuring that the rights of suspects in police custody continue to be respected and protected at all times.”