Crime & Investigation

WAMALA MURDER: Sgt Tumwesigye Quietly Transferred to Naggalama Police Station

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

Police have transferred Sergeant Enock Tumwesigye from Kiira Road Police Station in Kampala to Naggalama Police Station in Mukono.

Tumwesigye has been in detention since March 18, link 2017 on allegations of “professional misconduct that led to the death of a suspect in custody.”

ChimpReports broke the story on Tuesday with pictures showing Tumwesigye being incarcerated at Kiira Road instead of being tried in courts of law.

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This website understands that at around 4:00pm on Tuesday, medicine Kiira Road Police boss Michael Kasigire received a telephone call from Police Headquarters in Naguru.

“He was given firm instructions to transfer the suspect to Naggalama, look ” a highly placed revealed.

Indeed at 5:00pm, Kasigire removed Tumwesigye from the cells before ordering him to board a police truck.

The duo drove together in a police pickup to Naggalama where Tumwesigye was detained.

It remains unclear why Police decided to shift the suspect from Kiira Road police.

But it’s feared that this could have been aimed at denying human rights activists and the media access to the troubled suspect.

Contacted on Wednesday morning, Police Spokesperson Asan Kasingye reiterated his views that Tumwesigye should be taken to court.

“If he has committed an offence, he should be taken to court,” said Kasingye.

“Has someone committed an offence? Investigate and take him to court. Finished,” he added.

Kasingye emphasised that “whoever” took Tumwesigye to Naggalama should explain what informed his decision.

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

Flying Squad operatives found Tumwesigye at his station in Mpigi where he provided assistance in tracking and arresting Hassim 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.

Justice

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.

Since March this year, Tumwesigye has not seen a doctor for medical attention or lawyer for representation.

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.”

Legal experts told ChimpReports that the violation of Tumwesigye’s Constitutional rights could render his prosecution a nullity and entitle him to compensation in accordance with Article 23(7) of the Constitution.

At the age of 36, Tumwesigye is the breadwinner of his small family. His wife and four kids live in Mpigi. All his boys are out of school due to lack of school fees.

“It’s hell here. My kids lack basic essentials including food. My wife has just given birth and is not working,” Tumwesigye said in a message to some of his friends last week.

Tumwesigye’s mother, Judith Barore, 80, is battling cancer that has so far eaten up a good portion of her arm.

“No one seems to be interested in my case. I don’t know whether I will ever get justice under these circumstances,” Tumwesigye told friends.

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