Police Brutality Witness Claims Four Officers Attacked and Fatally Wounded an Innocent Man

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An eye witness to an alleged case of police brutality that led to the death of a Kampala man this week has told of how four policemen brutally punched and wounded the victim, Roger Mugenyi, in full view of the public. Kevin Zziwa, a close friend of Roger Mugenyi, says he was traveling in the same vehicle when the incident occurred at Kabalagala last Saturday night. Zziwa says he, Mugenyi and a friend called Arnold were returning from a visit to see Arnold's new born baby when a police officer on a motorcycle stopped them and accused Mugenyi of overspeeding. Zziwa claims that on stopping, the police officer identified only as Adusa, ordered Mugenyi out of the vehicle and asked him to hand over the keys to the car. Mugenyi reportedly refused to handover the keys, resulting in a scuffle in which four uniformed policemen pounced on him and brutally beat him up. //Cue in: iIt was about seven##i Cue out: i# of other guys.i// Zziwa says some of the policemen attacked Mugenyi without any knowledge of what he was accused of. This testimony is in sharp contrast to a report from the police. Geoffrey Musana, the Kampala Extra Regional CID Officer, said earlier in the week that Mugenyi was arrested for knocking a police officer at the Kabalagala junction. Musana has remained tightlipped on details of the incident for fear of jeopardizing investigations. Uganda Radio Network has learned that one policeman, Constable Ojok who is attacked to the traffic department, has been arrested in connection with the incident. Meanwhile Mugenyi's family has renewed its resolve to sue the police for his death. James Mboijana, uncle to the 29-year-old music manager, says details of the case will be hammered out when Mugenyi's mother arrives from Britain for her son's burial this weekend. The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura has vowed to personally follow the matter until the family gets justice. He says he will fight such cases of police brutality against civilians until he succeeds.