Cops who tortured mayor charged, remanded to Luzira

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ASP Fred Tumuhirwe, ASP Patrick Mulamira, Ben Odeke and Roma Habib at Buganda Road Court. [Photo by @DailyMonitor]

The four police officers arrested for allegedly torturing Kamwenge town council may, Geoffrey Byamukama, have been charged in court.

They are; ASP Patrick Muramira, ASP Fred Tumuhairwe; Habib Roma (driver) and Ben Odeke.

The group on Friday afternoon appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court Chief Magistrate, Jameson Karemani, who charged them with torture and causing body harm.

It is alleged that the officers while arresting Byamukama last month, tortured him during and after dumping him at Nalufenya police station in Jinja district.

They denied the charges.

Byamukama is accused of taking part in the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March this year.

The officers beat Byamukama with batons and iron bars on the knees and ankles, nearly deforming him.

The incident happened on April 5 at the office of William Turyomurugendo, the commissioner planning and quality assurance in the ministry of Lands and Urban Development.

The state prosecutor, Nelly Asiku, asked for an adjournment when the suspects’ lawyers, Banabas Kamya and Humphrey Tumwesigye, applied for bail.

The group was, therefore, remanded to Luzira until May 30.