Clock Tower Police officers could face murder charges - Daily Monitor

Clock Tower Police officers could face murder charges

Friday March 15 2019

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Mr

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango. File photo 

By DERRICK WANDERA & ANDREW BAGALA

Kampala. Police officers attached to Clock Tower could face murder charges after a postmortem of the deceased suspect indicated that he was tortured before he died.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango, told Daily Monitor on Wednesday that the postmortem showed that late Bogere Omong’s pancreas and other body parts were injured.
“The officers could face murder charges. Professional Standards Unit is investigating the case against the police officers,” Mr Onyango said yesterday.
However, no police officer suspected to have been involved in the incident has been arrested yet.
It is alleged that police officers arrested hundreds of suspects last Thursday and bundled them in a police cell where they suffocated.
Some of the suspects said three of the people they were arrested with died. But police insists one person died.
The body of an unidentified person, who was arrested in the same swoop, is still in the city mortuary.
The Kampala Lord Mayor, Mr Erias Lukwago, who visited the city mortuary, condemned the killing and asked for the arrest and prosecution of the officers.
“The post-mortem report pointed at a damaged pancreas as the cause of death. We scientifically know the purpose of this gland,” Mr Lukwago said in a statement.
Mr Ronald Mutyaba, 40, a resident of Katwe-Kinyoro, a Kampala suburb, who was one of the people arrested in the operation on the fateful day, said he witnessed his friend, Omong and two others die in the cells due to suffocation.
“We were packed inside the cell. There was no space for us to sit and even stand,” Mr Mutyaba said.
“At around 6pm, we started sweating as though someone had poured water on us. This is when we started banging the doors of the cell to call the officers for help, but in vain.”
A year ago, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Martins Okoth-Ochola, issued guidelines on keeping rights of suspects.
IGP Ochola said the suspects must be handled in accordance with the Police Act and standing orders.
He said officers who violate the rights of suspects must be prosecuted in civilian courts other than police disciplinary tribunals.

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