Monday June 9 2014

Wife of arrested police officer collapses, dies



The wife of Kisoro District criminal investigations officer Reuben Muhwezi last week collapsed and died after her husband was arrested over alleged abuse of office.

Mr Muhwezi allegedly released suspects who had been arrested over illegal sale of government mosquito nets that are distributed free of charge. His wife, Jennifer Kyomugisha, 42, on Thursday collapsed and died after she received news of her husband’s arrest.

Kyomugisha collapsed at her home in Nyarushanje village on Thursday but was admitted at Kisiizi Hospital in Rukungiri where she later died on Friday.

However, Mr Muhwezi was released on bond after he complained of overstaying in police detention. “Our client was arrested on Wednesday and has since lost his wife who collapsed on Thursday and die later on. He has been in dentition beyond the mandatory 48 hours. We ask that he is released to attend the burial of his wife,” the letter written by Mr Timothy Twikirize of Twikirize and Company Advocates to the Inspector General of Police reads in part.

Mr Muhwezi, who has served in police for 26 years, says the allegation against him are false and a malicious. His wife, with whom they have six children, could have died as a result of high blood pressure after the shocking news.

The regional police commander for Kigezi, Mr Olivia Wawire, confirmed the release of Mr Muhwezi on Saturday, saying he had been released to allow him participate in the burial of his deceased wife that was conducted yesterday.

Mr Muhwezi was arrested after Kisoro RDC, Ms Pulkeria Muhindo Mwine, had written a three-page letter to the IGP alleging unprofessional conduct on the part of the officer [Mr Muhwezi]
In the letter the RDC accused Mr Muhwezi of releasing suspects without consultations, soliciting bribes and colliding with parents to negotiate defilement cases.

However, Mr Muhwezi continues to insist that the allegations are unfounded and malicious and aimed at tarnishing his name.