Army under spotlight over ‘torturing soldier to death’
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 01:00
RUKUNGIRI- The death of Cpl Simon Karumuna, 29, who was serving as court clerk for the military court martial at Nakasongora barracks, has courted controversy.
While the army says he committed suicide while in detention, the deceased’s relatives say he was tortured to death.
Cpl Karumuna, born in Nyamifura village, Nyakagyeme Sub-county Rukungiri District, had served in the army for five years after attaining a diploma in the Law from Law Development Centre. He has been the lone child from the family of Patrick Baryomurugamba and wife Robinah Nyinabatesi, though he did not see his father who died when he was not yet born. Cpl Karumuna lived as an orphan, staying with uncles and other relatives who educated him.
The Rev Evat Mugarura, a public health specialist and Executive Director Africa Youth Development and Health Initiative, has been the deceased’s guardian and next of kin.
Speaking to journalists after the burial, Rev Mugarura said Cpl Karumuna was killed.
“I have no doubt that Karumuna was killed, we do not know the reasons why, but even the way his body was brought in here, the way it looked and how the whole process was handled, there is no doubt my brother died of torture and UPDF wanted to hide everything,” Rev Mugarura said.
However, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, the army spokesperson was on Monday quoted in the media saying, “Karumuna used his shirt to hang himself. He was not tortured to death. We have a professional army. There is no way an officer can torture a person to death without being noticed.”