Kasingye threatens to resign in police torture heat  

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Asan Kasingye, police spokesperson

In less than a year of his appointment as Police Spokesperson, Asan Kasingye, wants to resign from the Uganda Police Force as pressure mounts on the force for torturing Kamwenge Town Council LC 3 Chairman, Geoffrey Byamukama.

Kasingye is reported to had threatened resignation during a meeting of the senior officers on Wednesday.

According to Daily Monitor, Kasingye’s colleagues asked him to retract his statement that four suspects had been arrested in connection to Byamukama’s torture.

The officers in question are; Patrick Munanura and Fred Tumuhirwe, Sgt Tumukunde and Constable Ronnie Byenkya.

A heated meeting of the Uganda Police Accounts Committee held in the board room at Police Headquarters in Naguru, chaired by Deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola, turned on Kasingye for misleading the public.

A report from the police Professional Standards Unit indicated that the four supposedly arrested officers were neither in custody nor at their known addresses.

The Deputy Director Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate, Moses Musana and Nixon Agasirwe, were asked to produce the suspects but they had nothing to say.

Agasire used to head of the Special Operations Unit while Musana used to head the Nalufenya facility.

The Director Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID), Grace Akullo, was tasked to open an inquiry into the matter.

When Kasingye was asked to brief media retracting his own statement, the police spokesperson threatened to leave his office than be called a liar.

The tortured victim, Byamukama, is charged with other 15 suspects of murdering Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver Kenneth Erau and bodyguard Godfrey Wambewo.

On Thursday, Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court further remanded 22 suspects including a woman accused over the murder of the senior police officer.

The state Attorney, Lillian Anyango, informed court presided over by Grade One Magistrate, Noah Ssejjabi, that inquiries into the case are still ongoing.

The magistrate remanded the accused to Luzira Prisons until June 1, 2017, when they will re-appear in court to know the status of the investigations in their case.

The accused include; Abdul-Rashid Mbaziira, Aramazan Noordin Higenyi, Yusuf Mugerwa, Bruhan Balyejusa, Umar Maganda, Ahmada Shaban Ssenfuka, Hassan Tumusiime, Ibrahim Kissa, Osman Muhammed Omar, Hamidu Magambo, Abdu-Majid Ojerere, Joshua Kyambadde Magezi and Sheikh Musa Abubaker Ntende.

Others are: Abdul-Rashid Mbabazi, Asuman Mugoya 29, Kimuli Luutu 59, Ali Mugoya Byatugo 35, Shafik Kasujja, Sauda Ayubu 55, Ibrahim Ssemwanga alias superman 40, Abudallah Khala alias Hibwangi Sinani and Swaleh Ddamulira.