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Crime & Investigation

Police Release Sgt. Tumwesigye After 3 Months in Cells Without Trial

Kasingye said Tumwesigye (above) should not have been detained for all this long without trial (Photo: Chimp Investigation Team)

Uganda Police Force have released one of their own, rx Sergeant Enock Tumwesigye, page who has been in detention for three months without trial.

Tumwesigye was held incommunicado at Kiira Road Police Station from March 18, seek 2017 until late May when we reported about his situation.

Embarrassed by the exposure, police quietly transferred Tumwesigye to Naggalama Police Station.

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It was not until pressure built up that police decided to free the cop.

Tumwesigye’s troubles started in 2013 when Police Flying Squad elements were hunting down Hassim Ssali, a key suspect in the murder of Kampala businessman, Wilberforce Wamala.

The operatives found Tumwesigye at his station in Mpigi where he provided assistance in tracking and arresting Ssali who was residing in the area.

Upon arrest, Police Flying Squad operatives took Ssali to Bukasa Police Station in Kampala where he was found murdered.

But Wamala’s relatives had at the time accused the late AIGP Andrew Kaweesi of having a hand in the tycoon’s murder.

When Kaweesi was gunned down in Kulambiro early this year, police quickly arrested Tumwesigye.

He was quizzed on Ssali’s death which occurred three years ago before being detained at Kiira Road Police Station.

At the time of his release, Tumwesigye had lost weight and had his vision impaired.

“It’s true, I am out of jail,” said Tumwesigye when contacted by ChimpReports on Monday.

“But I can’t divulge any more details because I am not authorised to speak to the media,” he added.

Psychological torture

Since his arrest on March 18, Tumwesigye spent 24 hours a day in the cells with little or no natural light or fresh air.

Except for the occasional visit by relatives, Tumwesigye had little human interaction with anyone other than interrogators and cops.

Tumwesigye was also distraught over his living conditions that he often wants to discuss nothing else.

Police Spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye recently said Tumwesigye should be taken to court.

“If he has committed an offence, he should be taken to court. Has someone committed an offence? Investigate and take him to court. Finished,” he said.

It’s understood Tumwesigye will be reporting to the CID headquarters every week starting this Wednesday.

Article 23(4) of the Constitution of Uganda, provides that a “person arrested or detained for the purpose of bringing him or her before the court in execution of an order of the court; or Upon reasonable suspicion of his or her having committed or being about to commit a criminal offence under the laws of Uganda, Shall, if not earlier released, be brought to court as soon as possible but in any case not later than forty eight hours from the time of his or her arrest.”

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