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Police Spokesperson Threatens to Resign Over Torture Statement

All is not well in the Uganda Police Force over the handling of the suspects accused of torturing Kamwenge town council mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama.

URN understands that police spokesperson Asan Kasingye threatened to resign on Wednesday after his colleagues, during a meeting of the senior officers of the force, asked him retract his statement that four suspects had been arrested in connection to Byamukama’s torture.

Byamukama, alongside at least 15 other suspects, is accused of taking part in the March 17 murder of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver Kenneth Erau and bodyguard Godfrey Wambewo.

Besides Byamukama, the other suspects have also appeared in court with fresh wounds allegedly sustained during torture at Nalufenya police detention centre.

The police first denied Byamukama’s arrest in early April until it all came to light late last week when he was found at Nakasero hospital in Kampala with deep wounds all over his body. Kasingye first said the torture could have happened elsewhere and not in police custody.

The Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura, ordered for the arrest of two senior officers, Patrick Munanura and Fred Tumuhirwe together with their juniors, Sgt Tumukunde and Constable Ronnie Byenkya in connection with Byamukama’s torture.

Kasingye who had earlier denied that Byamukama had been tortured by the police later admitted in a statement that there had been “a scuffle in which the mayor sustained superficial injuries.”

A week ago Kasingye also confirmed that the four torture suspects had been arrested. State minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania in his address to parliament apologised to the nation that Byamukama had been tortured.

Obiga also ‘confirmed’ police had arrested four officers allegedly linked to the torture of Byamukama and other suspects at Nalufenya police detention facility. He said investigations were still ongoing.

Now URN has learnt from reliable sources in the police that the suspects have never been arrested as earlier claimed. Kayihura ordered for their arrest before he left to Algeria on official duties.

A source told URN that the police accounts committee held a meeting on Wednesday where the torture issue was discussed. The highly-charged meeting is said to have taken place in the board room at police headquarters in Naguru.

The police accounts committee is comprised of members of top police management who include all the directors. The source says the only officer absent in the meeting was John Ndungutse, the director of Counter Terrorism. The meeting was chaired by deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola.

The meeting reportedly learnt that no suspect had been arrested. A report from the police Professional Standards Unit was brought into the meeting indicating that the four supposedly arrested officers are neither in custody nor at their known addresses.

Those in attendance tasked deputy director Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate, Moses Musana and Nixon Agasirwe, who until recently was head of the Special Operations Unit, to produce the suspects but they could not be produced. Musana reportedly used to head the Nalufenya facility.

The meeting, according to the sources, also tasked the Director Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID), Grace Akullo to open an inquiry into the torture allegations with view of instituting criminal proceedings against the suspects.

The meeting allegedly turned stormy when police spokesman, Asan Kasingye was advised to call a media briefing in which he would retract confirmations about the arrest of the two senior officers and their juniors.

Kasingye, according to the sources was not happy with calling a press conference to retract his earlier statement that the four had been arrested. He reportedly threatened to resign over the matter that would depict him as a liar.

Kasingye in a telephone interview on Wednesday evening did not confirm or deny whether the police accounts committee meeting was held. But he denied that he had threatened to resign. He, however said the Internal Affairs minister, General Jeje Odong, was to issue a statement about the progress in the investigations into torture allegations.

General Odong could not be reached on his known mobile phone number. State Minister for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania, could not confirm reports that the four suspects were not in detention.

Obiga Kania who sounded furious about the matter said Kasingye and his boss would have to explain why they would let him lie to the public and parliament that the arrests had been made.

On Tuesday, President Museveni weighed in on the issue, writing a letter to his top security chiefs warning against the use of torture. The president said the practice is “unnecessary and wrong and must not be used again”.

Museveni said torture was wrong because it could lead to innocent people admitting guilt just to end the pain. In the letter addressed to Chief of Defence Forces, General David Muhoozi, IGP Kayihura and the Director of Intelligence Services, Museveni said torture is not “consonant with logic.”

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Why Police Should Not Cover Up Torture

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Police have announced a creative way they hope will placate Ugandans outraged by increasing cases of blatant torture of suspects in custody.

According to the Force’s spokesman Asan Kasingye, errant officers will be paraded before journalists to account in person for their roles.

Torture is both unconstitutional and criminal.

Article 24 of the (amended) 1995 Constitution states that “no person shall be subjected to any form of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

Kamwenge Town Council chairman Geoffrey Byamukama has become the new poster child of State brutality. Police officers arrested and held him incommunicado for a month during which they crippled and left him with eye-sore and frightening injuries. Like him, other suspects incarcerated over the March 17 killing of ex-police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver and guard limped in court with damaged feet or wounded torso. Just how cruel!

They alleged that they were tortured at Nalufenya detention centre to confess.

These despicable deeds of borderless viciousness by police draw parallels with the ignominy of Guantanamo Bay where US interrogators wantonly abused suspects detained over the 9/11 attacks.

We espouse the State’s responsibility to keep citizens safe by preventing crime, arresting and prosecuting and punishing criminals as by law established.

Persecuting individuals as is being done by police, and other state agents, is abhorrent and must not only be countenanced but also punished.

The Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012, imposes up to seven-year imprisonment penalty on anyone convicted for torture and makes individual officers liable for commissions in official capacity.

Section 10 of this Act holds superiors responsible for tortures committed by subordinates if the supervisor knew, or consciously disregarded information, which clearly indicated, that the subordinate was committing or about to commit an act of torture. This is instructive. Police officers in the command chain up to the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura, who have administrative control over the errant officers at Nalufenya, must bear responsibility.

We welcome President Museveni’s May 15 three-point guidance to security and intelligence chiefs that torture as a tactic of interrogation is valueless because a wrong or innocent person could be victimised; that someone is likely to admit guilt just to be spared pains of torture; and, it diverts interrogators away from meticulous pursuit of the truth.

These common sense issues should constitute standard operating procedures for our security forces.

Our resolute position is that, rather than the self-edifying manoeuvre to parade implicated officers to account on camera, police must altogether stop torturing suspects.

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Mayor Tortured Over Kaweesi’s Murder Speaks Out

Photo: NBS TV/Youtube

Now Kamwenge town council mayor Geoffrey Byamukama claims that police detectives tortured him from the now notorious high security Nalufenya police detention facility in Jinja district.

By Johnson Taremwa

Geoffrey Byamukama, the mayor of the western Kamwenge town council, looked helpless and in agony on his bed at Nakasero hospital in Kampala.

His knees and feet bore sore wounds. Byamukama is a suspect in the murder of the former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who was killed in March by hitherto unknown gunmen.

Asked how he ended up in this pathetic state, Byamukama told The Observer on Wednesday that he was tortured while in detention at the notorious Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja.

Speaking to this newspaper from his hospital bed, Byamukama said he was arrested from the office of a commissioner in the ministry of Lands on April 11 by two gentlemen.

They identified themselves as Fred Tumuhiirwe and a one Byenkya from the police’s flying squad and special operations unit respectively. Byamukama said he was then put into a waiting police van where he found three muscular men. They closed the door and drove him to an unknown place.

“When they dropped me into their van, the beatings started. They told me that to save my life, I had to confess that I participated in the killing of Kaweesi which I refused,” he said, almost on the brink of tears.

Byamukama added that he pleaded with his tormentors to stop the beatings but they refused. Later, he said, he was dumped at Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja where the beating continued only that this time, he almost got killed.

“When I went into comma [after the beating], they rushed me to a hospital in Jinja where the management refused to admit me because I was half dead,” he said.

“I don’t know if I will ever walk or stand on my legs again,” he said, while shedding tears.

“I think this is the right time for God to take me. I am tired and angry; I deserve to rest forever,” Byamukama said, wincing in pain.

Byamukama’s wife, Viola Komugisha, told The Observer at the hospital that her husband was arrested and tortured by police officers attached to the flying squad.

“My husband was tortured by officers from the flying squad claiming that he knew Kaweesi’s killers,” she said.

She said once they (family) found out that he had been taken to Nalufenya, they went there. She said they found him (Byamukama) in critical condition and requested to take him to hospital but the police refused.

Other sources within security told us that Byamukama was taken to various police stations before he was taken to Nalufenya where he was tortured.

The sources said Byamukama was later rushed to Jinja regional referral hospital for treatment, but doctors rejected him, claiming that his situation was worrying.

SNEAKED INTO NAKASERO

Byamukama’s tormentors then tried to rush him to Mulago hospital but they feared human rights activists and groups would be alerted.

He was later secretly booked into Nakasero hospital, where he has been heavily guarded since. On Wednesday evening, our sources tipped us that he was still holed up at the hospital. Later in the night, we sneaked into the hospital and managed to locate Byamukama in room 312.

SECURITY DENIES

Byamukama’s testimony, and numerous claims that police is torturing suspects, has forced the force on the defensive. The commander of the police flying squad, Herbert Muhangi, denied that his men tortured or even arrested Byamukama.

“I have never ordered or directed for the arrest and torture of Byamukama. I have my methods of investigations and interrogations but I cannot torture people,” he said yesterday.

Muhangi said Byamukama knows the people who tortured him and they are not from flying squad.

“Good enough, he mentioned people who arrested and tortured him. I have never been with such people in the flying squad,” he said.

Muhangi also said he relocated from Nalufenya some time back and he is not responsible for what happens at the high-security detention facility.

Other sources claimed Byamukama and other suspects were arrested and tortured by operatives from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI.

But the CMI chief, Col Abel Kandiho, rubbished these accusations in a telephone interview with The Observer yesterday.

“We don’t know that person [Byamukama]. We have never arrested him and he is not in our records,” he said.

Kanduho said CMI has the list of people they arrested in regard to Kaweesi’s killing and nobody has come up to say that he was tortured by CMI.

“If the mayor says that he was tortured by police, then police should take the blame and explain why they tortured him,” he said.

Brig Richard Karemire, the UPDF spokesperson, said yesterday that it is not the culture of UPDF to torture suspects. He said, “If the mayor accuses police of torture, then it is police to explain who tortured him and why.”

MORE ARRESTS

Yesterday, seven other suspects were arraigned before Nakawa magistrate’s court in connection with the murder of Kaweesi, bringing the total number of arrests so far to 20.

The suspects who appeared before Grade I Magistrate Noah Ssajjabi were charged with terrorism, two counts of murder of Godfrey Wambewa and Kenneth Erau, the driver and bodyguard of Kaweesi respectively, abetting terrorism, and robbery of two guns from their victims.

They were sent on remand until May 18 since the magistrate’s court cannot hear capital offences.

Opposition’s Besigye Briefly Detained – Again

By Tausi Nakato and Ismail Musa Ladu

The state has slapped fresh charges against Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere at his second appearance in court.

According to the amended charge sheet, the state has added charges of terrorism and attempted murder, aggravated robbery among others, totaling to 12 counts.

Initially, King Mumbere had been charged with one count of murdering a policeman in March. All the fresh charges are related to the March incidents.

Being capital offence, the Rwenzururu king was not allowed to plead to the charges that are only triable by the High Court.

The same charges were instead read to him by the Jinja Court Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa who did not allow him to enter plea.

The king was arrested after security forces attacked his palace in an operation that claimed 60 royal guards and 14 police officers. In the aftermath, 136 royal guards were arrested and are being detained.

Mr Kaggwa ordered the transfer of King Mumbere to Luzira Maximum Security Prison near Kampala after spending two weeks on remand at Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja.

Dressed in a black suit, King Mumbere was brought to court by Prison wardens who are reinforced by heavily armed security officers.

His maiden court appearance before the same court was on November 29 where he was charged with the murder of Geoffrey Kasimba.

Moments before the court could start, there was a melee at court with security officers arresting opposition politician Dr Kizza Besigye who had come to show solidarity to the king.

Dr Besigye was briefly detained at Nalufenya Police Station. He is reportedly being driven to his Kasangati home by security officers.

The Leader of Opposition Parliament Winnie Kiiza, King Mumbere’s wife Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu and MPs Robert Centenary and William Nzoghu were some of the leading Rwenzori personalities who made it to the Jinja court.

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By Ivan Okuda

Before I was arrested [on May 11], I came to town of course unnoticed and only got exposed at around Namirembe Road, the road leading to the New Taxi Park, because I had to change vehicles there. I was getting into my vehicle which they knew.

It was during the change of vehicles that the public noticed me and started to gather around and welcome me because they had known I was incarcerated at home [in Kasangati, Wakiso District] for some time and police, [IGP] Mr Kale Kayihura particularly, had been swearing that I cannot go out. So people were excited to see me.

I then drove on that Namirembe Road towards the centre of town. Just towards the Mini Bata shop was where the police obstructed me and many people gathered. The usual scenes by the police ensued; bringing the armoured vehicles, more patrol vehicles, more policemen and beating of people. Shortly after, they towed my vehicle and they quite clearly didn’t seem to know where to take me.

I heard some saying we go to the [Kampala] Central Police Station, others proposed Kira Division, and others said we go straight to Nagalama.

It is difficult to know who was in command because there was this fellow called [Aaron] Baguma from CPS, and then came some more senior officers I don’t know. But there are many people in civilian clothes who seem to have more authority than those in uniform.

Anyhow, they towed me through Nakasero to Kitante to Yusuf Lule then through Acacia, Upper Kololo Terrace where along the terrace the winch broke. Frankly, I could have driven off from them and they would have had to chase me, but I am always conscious of the responsibility my driver has. So, I got out of my vehicle to hand myself over to them and see what they wanted to do.

I opened the vehicle, but as soon as I opened, as usual they appeared like they had captured me. They grabbed me roughly, lifted me, dragged me to their vehicle and then the speeding started. We went up to Kira Road Police Station and they even tried to open the door, but there was an obstacle at the entrance. Then some orders came saying ‘no, go to Kira Division.’ So we drove there.

Along the way, others said go to Nagalama. But as we approached Kira, they said continue. That is when I started hearing of Jinja. The convoy had about five patrols and one mamba, the armoured vehicle.

We then drove back towards the Northern Bypass and they stopped. We spent a bit of time parked, I think there were negotiations. Eventually, off to Jinja we went and the trip was uneventful. We went straight to Nalufenya.

This was my first time to get to the detention centre which is by the Nile. It is a very secluded police station; it seems to be largely under the command of Counter Terrorism Police. When we got to the station, I was ordered out of the van, asked to remove my shoes, belt, they searched my body and pockets and ordered me into the cell.

In the cell where I was put, there was only one person from Bukedea District who had been transferred there from Soroti. He was suspected to have been involved in a murder of someone related to an MP, I think an MP who had been freshly elected. This fellow had been in detention for some months.

He told me how he was arrested in relation to the murder of an old lady he was staying with and he was believed to have conspired with those who murdered her.

While I was settling in, they [police officers] came back and ordered me out of the cell. We went to the counter and they brought my shoes. This was possibly around 4:30pm. I was there possibly for only an hour.

This particular police station has gained notoriety as the poster child of the most flagrant and senseless human rights violations meted out by members of the security agencies against fellow citizens.

One reads and hears stories of torture in this detention facility, never mind the irony that comes with its location a spitting distance away from the wonderfully beautiful River Nile.

Acquitted Terrorism Suspects Charged Afresh in Jinja

The five people who were acquitted of terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges by the High court in Kampala last week have this morning been charged with fresh terrorism at the Jinja Magistrates court.

The five suspects; Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia, Mohamed Hamid Suleiman alias Abu Zainab, Dr Ismail Kalule, Omar Awadh Omar and Abubakeri Batemyetto. were rearrested on Thursday on what police referred to as ‘their own protection’.

The five were part of the thirteen suspects charged for masterminding the July 2010 bombings which claimed 76 lives in Kampala. They were acquitted in a judgment delivered by Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo on grounds that prosecution failed to provide evidence linking them to the bombings.

Justice Owiny-Dollo also dropped the charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation brought against the suspects saying that Al-shabaab, which they are linked to, isn’t a designated a terror organisation in the Ugandan law books.

They were however rearrested moments after the judgment and have since been detained in Nalufenya police station in Jinja district.

According to the new charge sheet, the suspects are alleged to have created documents and materials connected with preparations to facilitate, assist or engage co-conspirators to undertake terrorist acts on security facilities while at Luzira upper prison.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the charging of the suspects.

“A re-investigation begun immediately after the hand written documents and related materials asking members to conduct hostile reconnaissance around security facilities and other vital installations, in preparation for violence, were seized and fresh evidence of the new plot that connected the suspects to the materials, recovered,” Enanga said.

We have learnt that the fresh investigations are being spearheaded by the FBI agents who investigated the 2010 Kampala twin bombing that led to 8 suspects being convicted.

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By Johnson Taremwa

More than 30 defiance campaign protesters arrested in Kampala are locked up in Nalufenya, a high-security police detention facility, in Jinja.

According to sources, the arrests and detentions are part of a wider security crackdown on opposition dissent aimed at making Kampala safe for foreign dignitaries that will attend Thursday’s inauguration of President Museveni for a fifth term.

The defiance campaign is an opposition protest against the result of the February 18 general election that returned President Museveni with a 60 per cent victory.

But Besigye, the first runner-up in that election with 35 per cent, claims he won the election. And in defiance, FDC plan a separate inauguration ceremony for Besigye, the party flag bearer on May 12, the day President Museveni takes his oath of office.

Justice Kavuma on April 29 issued an interim order restraining FDC and Besigye from holding defiance campaigns. In response Besigye said he would defy the order. He also announced scheduled defiance activities on May 5.

On that day police arrested more than 30 protesters, who were whisked off to Nalufenya. Police sources said the suspects may be released after President Museveni’s inauguration.

It is probable that the move was aimed to wade off opposition lawyers who would demand that their clients are produced in court or released on police bond.

“When those suspects are taken to court, they will be given bail and again cause havoc,” the source said.

“At Nalufenya, nobody can access them without express permission from the police chief Gen Kale Kayihura,” another source said.

However, Patrick Onyango, the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, denied any knowledge of protesters at Nalufenya. “What I know is that suspects are still with police pending investigations and by the end of 48 hours, we shall have taken them to court,” he said.

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The Judiciary has criticised the continued detention of Jamil Mukulu, the rebel leader of Allied Democratic Front (ADF) at Nalufenya police post long after he was charged before Jinja Magistrate court.

Mukulu was remanded to Nalufenya police by Jinja Chief Magistrate, John Francis Kaggwa on the request of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) eight months ago.

Judicial rules of criminal procedure provide that; suspects charged with capital offences be remanded to prison until the case is committed to the High Court. The rules also provide that any suspect not granted bail by the judiciary shall be remanded to a prison within the jurisdiction of the court.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says that having Mukulu in police custody would ease investigations into several other cases for which he had been declared the most-wanted fugitive.

“He was further remanded to police custody that is because the investigating team had not fully exhausted the inquiries. And you know as a rebel chief and team leader he has a lot of information that can help we security to resolve some o f the security concerns that were arising out of that rebellion in this country”, Enanga says.

However, Judiciary spokesperson Erias Kisawuzi says it is illegal and unacceptable for a suspect charged in court to be remanded anywhere else but a prison facility.

“There is no justification. If police needs to interrogate the suspect or to record statements from the same, they should request for the suspect in writing from the prison administration,” Kisawuzi said.

Mukulu was in August 2015 together with two others; Mohammed Matovu and Omar Abdullah Mutuka, charged with the murder of five people including two police officers in Busoga region. Their case is awaiting committal to the High court.

This is the second time that a magistrate has remanded a charged suspect into police custody with the first having been in 2015 when the Buganda Road Magistrate court remanded two terror suspects who had allegedly been found in possession of suicide vests to the Special Investigations Department (SID) of police in Kireka.

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By Alon Mwesigwa

Doing business in Uganda can be tough. But Florah Mugisha never anticipated that the risk of theft could be the final blow to her business, as ALON MWESIGWA writes her harrowing tale.

For Florah Mugisha, June 16, 2015, was another normal day to transport her produce to Kampala for sale, just like she had done for the past year. At her store in Ntungamo, she spent the day with her 22-year-old son, preparing for the journey.

Mugisha was to transport 12 tonnes of clean coffee worth about Shs 70m on a truck. Oblivious to the 41-year-old Mugisha was the fact that some people were monitoring her every move in order to rob her.

“I became suspicious when we had just set off in Ntungamo that evening and a vehicle by-passed us with lights off,” Mugisha told The Observer. “It did not continue far; I suspect it was passing information to the thieves about our movements.”

This was mere suspicion, she thought. At around 4am on June 17, they reached Lyantonde, which happens to be Mugisha’s home. She decided to take a rest at home in Lyantonde before she could resume her journey.

“They [thieves] had other plans,” she said.

When she returned to the place where the truck had been parked, the space was empty; there was no sign of any truck. She started making frantic calls to the police centres along the Lyantonde-Kampala highway as she tried to have the truck intercepted.

Mugisha also made calls to Kampala seeking help. Not long, the thieves got in touch with Mugisha and told her they would stop in Lukaya and wait for her as long as she was willing to pay them some money. She drove there but it was late.

“The thieves did not go beyond Masaka,” she said. The coffee was diverted in Nyendo, deep into the village where it was re-packaged and brought back for sale in Masaka town.

“I had customised packaging and they knew we would get them,” Mugisha said.

But in all this, she says, it appears it was a choreographed mission, like a scene in movie about a high-level heist, where those supposed to arrest the criminal collude with them.

“The police knew about the thieves,” she claimed.

The following day on June 18, at around 6pm, Mugisha received a call from a policeman, only identified as Sankara, who was attached to the Masaka regional police office. He told her that he was aware that “thieves had robbed her of coffee the previous night.”

Sankara asked her for Shs 200,000 for fuel so that he could locate the thieves because the coffee had been sold in Masaka. He assured her that they would get the thieves within hours.

Mugisha paid the money but the thieves were never arrested. Yet, she wonders how this policeman knew her. He was not among those she called for help. In the following days, she would move from one police station to another – Lyantonde, Masaka, Kampala and others.

On June 20, she received information that a driver had been arrested in Kampala and that his lorry had been used to ferry coffee somewhere in western Uganda and was offloaded around Nyendo in Masaka. The number plate of the vehicle had been changed from UAJ 652 P, which it had in Ntungamo, to UAU 733W.

Meanwhile, in Masaka, police were engaged in negotiations with buyers and sellers of the loot. In the police statements The Observer has seen, the people who stole the coffee said they had paid police in Masaka Shs 10m to back off.

A one Sankara alone was paid Shs 2m. Also, The Observer has seen an agreement, which was made at Masaka regional police headquarters, of the transaction between the buyers of the coffee and the thieves.

In Kampala, at Kafumbe Mukasa police post, the driver of the truck, who was part of the thieves, had just been arrested and confessed about the scheme, and revealed who he had planned with. Most of the suspects were rounded up and taken to the special investigations division at Kireka.

They recorded statements and yet their leader was still missing. When Mugisha narrated the route where she had been robbed, one police officer exclaimed: “That [the thief] must be Adam Kalanzi.” She wondered how the police knew Kalanzi.

Kalanzi was arrested and taken to Nalufenya, where he confessed to have been involved in the robbery. In the statement, Kalanzi says he only received Shs 3.8m and did not know who took the rest of the money.

At Kireka, one of the buyers was forced to pay Mugisha Shs 20m. But as fate would have it, Mugisha fell sick in August. This made her unable to monitor her case. She later learnt that the thieves were released from Kireka.

When she asked why they had been released, the commandant of Kireka, John Mark Odongo, told her she had entered into agreement with the suspects that they would pay her.

Odongo told The Observer: “As far as I know, the case is in Lyantonde; for us what we do is that we help in investigation.”

Meanwhile, Mugisha’s attempts to have the suspects rearrested, have proved futile.

“I have stopped trading; everything was taken,” she said. “I had a loan from the bank; I have failed to pay it back.”

Mugisha has since run to court, but the process is taking longer than expected.

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