Torture suspects sue AG, mix Tumukunde in murder saga

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Five suspects arrested for the alleged murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi have dragged the Attorney General to the High Court over torture at the hands of police.

Led by Godfrey Musisi Galabuzi, the suspects accuse police personnel of torturing them during their detention at the infamous Nalufenya police station in Jinja district.

Galabuzi says in March 2017, police from the Anti-terrorism unit commanded by D/SSP Johnson Olal invaded his home and arrested him, his wife Grace Nankya and three of his workers and drove them to Nalufenya.

They accused his wife of cooking food and feeding the alleged killers.

The torturers beat the suspects, suffocated them with toxic gas, promised them money and asked them to confess that they had killed Kaweesi.

The suspects spent 30 days at Nalufenya before Galabuzi was promised Shs1bn and freedom to allege that Security minister, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, hired assassins to kill Kaweesi and police chief, General Kale Kayihura.

Galabuzi is a former intelligence operative with the Internal Security Organisation (ISO). He was arrested with his three workers; Bernard Friday, Stuart Ainebyona and George William Kimbugwe

The suspects who are represented by Human Rights Lawyer, Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, apparently rejected the offer.

“The interrogators offered the first plaintiff (Galabuzi) a deal in which he would regain his freedom and Shs1 billion if he testified to the effect that he was approached by Henry Tumukunde on March 2, to procure personnel that would assassinate Kale Kayihura and Kaweesi. He declined the deal and was returned to the same room for further suffocation,” Rwakafuzi told court.

One of his workers was offered Shs200m to testify that Galabuzi had sent him to visit Kaweesi’s residence on a spying mission in preparation for the assassination.

The development comes at a time parliament has recommended the closure of Nalufenya detention facility to prevent the alleged torture of Ugandans.