Suspects in the Murder of Uganda’s police spokesman claim they are being tortured

Kaweesi murder suspects in court .photo by Michael-OHagan

By Nangayi Guyson-

Kampala, Uganda Thirteen suspects arrested in connection with the brutal killing of Uganda’s police spokesman Andrew Kaweesi and his two aides have claimed they are being tortured in the detention.

The suspects said this yesterday while appearing in Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court for mention of the case.

While in court before magistrate judge, Noah Ssajjabi, some suspected claimed they had been tortured while in detention at Nalufenya police station located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the capital Kampala.

The suspects displayed open wounds accusing security agents for using electricity, boiled water, and acid to torture them.

Ahmad Senfuka Shaban, 30, a school teacher in Mukono, removed his shirt to show what appeared to be fresh injuries to his back, chest and left arm.

A wife of another suspect said his husband is a mechanic and was just connected to the murder because they had land wrangles with the nieghbours and called on the Ugandan president Musveni to intervene.

“He’s innocent,” she insisted. “He had nothing to do with Kaweesi’s death. They took him because we had land wrangles.”

The pleaded with magistrate judge, Noah Ssajjabi, to be transferred to Luzira Maximum security Prison and they were remanded there until 18th May 2017.

The security situation outside court remained tight and relatives of the accused were seen weeping as the suspects were whisked away in police vehicles under heavy guard.

The 13 suspects are facing charges of “terrorism, murder and aggravated theft”.

Uganda police spokesman Asan Kasingye who was appointed after the death of Mr. Kawesi told alleastafrica this morning in a telephone interview that torture allegations by suspects should be handled and a court is the one to order the investigations.

“I don’t have a comment on that it’s the court has the power to order an enquiry but without that order we cannot investigate these allegations because it is before the courts not the police,” Kasingye said.

Mr. Kaweesi, the assistant inspector general of police and his two aides, were shot dead outside his home in a Kampala suburb on March 17 by heavily armed men on motorbikes.

There are more questions still asked up today about who killed them and why should someone kill these men uniform.

Kaweesi’s murder resembles the assassinations of other high-profile legal and military officials in Uganda which remain unsolved.

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