Patrick Bamanyindo Tumusiime, the Masaka Criminal Investigations Chief, is in trouble over alleged torture and theft. David Mukasa Bbaale is accusing Bamanyindo of illegally detaining him at Masaka Central police and subjecting him to torture. Mukasa, who is also the director of King David High School, lost to Muyanja Mbabali in the recently concluded Bukoto South NRM Primaries in Lwengo district. On Monday, Mukasa was detained at Masaka central police station, shortly after he went to follow up a case in which he is accusing witch doctors of conning him. In a case lodged at the police station, Mukasa claimed Gibril Luzzi, attempted to con him of 2 million shillings during the NRM primary campaigns. But the hunter turned into the hunted, after he was arrested and detained allegedly on the orders of Bamanyindo. He was accused of conniving to murder Muyanja, his political rival. Bamanyindo had defended his decision to arrest Mukasa. He says that Mukasa conspired with a witch doctor, Gibril Luzzi and other suspects still at large, to commit a felony. Bamanyindo explains that Mukasa is being investigated for conniving with Luzzi in concocting an herbal mixture with intent to kill Muyanja Mbabali, his political rival. But even before the case against him is comprehended, Mukasa has turned his gun at Bamanyindo who he accuses of stealing his phone. He claims that while in custody, Bamanyindo stole his Nokia phone, denying him an opportunity to communicate with his family and business associates. The stressed looking Mukasa, says a detective he only identities as Maselika then forced him to record statements concerning the attempted murder of Muyanja Mbabali. Armed with a bond payment a receipt, Mukasa says he was released after paying shillings 500.000 in bond fees. Mukasa says he is heading to Kampala to bring his case to the attention of Kale Kayihura, the inspector General of Police, and Richard Buteera, the Director of Public Prosecution. // Cue in: "Am tortured psychologically...." Cue out: ".... cannot get them."// But Bamanyindo has dismissed Mukasa's allegations as baseless. He explains that police took his phones as exhibits, because he used text messages to communicate with his accomplices to hatch a plot to bewitch and kill Mbabali. This is the second torture story brought against Masaka police this year. Earlier this year, another suspect accused of defiling and infecting his daughter with HIV AIDS accused police of torture and denying him access to antiretroviral drugs.
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Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.
Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.
Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.
A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.