Uganda Police has denied torturing Kamwenge Mayor Goffrey Byamukama, saying the mayor is suffering from a strange disease which the police is not ready to say now.
Photos of Mr. Byamukama with serious body injuries- knees and feet bore sore wounds, have been making rounds on social media
Police says, Byamukama is a now a suspect in the murder of the AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body guard and his driver. He was arreste last month, at the ministry of Land Offices in Kampala and taken to Nalufenya.
‘‘After his arrest, two of our officers and the suspect got involved in the shuffle on the way to join to Jinja after Mr. Byamukama realized that he was not being taken to Naguru Police headquarters as earlier informed at the point of arrest. The suspect sustained superficial injuries in the process which were aggravated by his medical conditions which we cannot divulge here’’ A statement from Uganda Police signed by Police Spokesman AIGP Asan Kasingye, reads in part.
Byamukama narrates ordeal
‘ ‘ I 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. I was then put into a waiting police van where I found three muscular men. They closed the door and drove me to 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’’ Mr. Byamukama told the Observer Newspaper.
He added: I 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.
“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.
Mr. Kasingye in the statement says police has given Mr. Byamukama the best medical Care possible at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala. Adding that he has been discharged and will be getting periodic reviews at the same facility.
Kasingye adds: ‘‘The officers who inflicted injuries on Mr. Byamukama have been arrested and have been placed under investigations by our professional standards Unit’’