Ntungamo Police Officer Held over Death of Suspect

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Namanya and two crime preventers are alleged to have tortured Cyprian Birakwate shortly after he was arrested from Rwamanyonyi trading centre. He later died in police custody.

  Corporal Grace Namanya, a Police Officer attached to Rushooka police post in Kayonza Sub County, Ntungamo district has been arrested in connection with the death of a suspect.

Namanya and two crime preventers are alleged to have tortured Cyprian Birakwate, a resident of Kijumbwe village in Kayonza Sub County. The deceased was reportedly tortured in the night of Saturday January 21, shortly after he was arrested from Rwamanyonyi trading centre. He later died in police custody.

Ntungamo District Police Commander Baker Kahonaho told URN that a post-mortem indicates that the deceased had been hit with a blunt object several times.

Kahonaho says that Namanya has been taken to Ntungamo police station to aid police investigations while another suspect whose name has been withheld is on the run. One of the crime preventers has also been arrested.

Julius Bazira, a brother to the deceased told our reporter that the suspect must have been targeted by the police officer and the crime preventers upon establishing that he was set buy a piece of land at a cost of five million Shillings.

Corporal Grace Namanya however says that they arrested the suspect in the process of calming down a fight that had erupted in one of the bars in Rwamanyonyi trading centre.

He adds that the suspect was hit in the process of his arrest. He says that he tried to block police from arresting people who were fighting.
 

 

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For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

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