Father Seeks Justice for Death of Son in Police Custody

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According to Sally, two police officers from Katwe Police station, he identifies as Sergeant John Tumuletebwa and Corporal Wilber Tumusiime and five crime preventers, picked up his 19-year-old son Meddi Kiggundu on October 10, 2015 for unknown offense.

Abdulazzi Sally, a resident of Nabisalu zone in Makindye Division in Kampala is seeking justice for the death of his son in police custody.
 
According to Sally, two police officers from Katwe Police station, he identifies as Sergeant John Tumuletebwa and Corporal Wilber Tumusiime and five crime preventers, picked up his 19-year-old son Meddi Kiggundu on October 10, 2015 for unknown offense.
 
 
Sally says he tried to follow up the arrest of his son at Katwe Police station, but he wasn't there prompting him to search other nearby police stations in vain. As a result, Sally decided to search for his son at Mulago city mortuary, where he found his decomposing body.

 
//Cue in: "Sergeant Tumuletebwa …..
Cue out ……bagawandise yo,"//
 
 
Sally filed a complaint at Kampala Metropolitan Police Community Liaison Office a few days after the burial of his son leading to the arrest of the two officers for murder. However, the suspects were released on bond three days after their arrest.
 
 
Statements from some of the suspects who were in custody at Nabisalu Police post indicate, that Kiggunddu was brought into the police cells in a very bad shape as a result of torture.
 
 "He stated feeling bad in the middle of the night and asked for some drinking water. As we tried to call the in charge of the police post to bring him water, he became unconscious," reads a statement of Brian Kintu, one of the suspects.
 

However, four months after Kiggundu's body was recovered, the officers are yet to appear in court. Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, says the officers were released since investigations into the case are still ongoing. 

"They were released after the file was sent to the state attorney and he indicated that the case still lacked evidence to warrant its prosecution. There was so much needed to complete the file and we could not keep the suspects in custody for this long," Onyango told URN. 

However, none of the crime preventers has recorded a statement on the matter.

 

 

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Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

Jeanne is ambitious to improve her investigative reporting skills. Jeanne’s focus for much of her five year career has been to report on crime and security.