Cops who tortured Kamwenge mayor released on bail

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Torture suspects in court today

Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court has granted bail to the four suspects implicated in the torture of Kamwenge Mayor, Godfrey Byamukama.

The four police officers; ASP Patrick Muramira, ASP Fred Tumuhairwe; Habib Roma (driver) and Ben Odeke, were charged with causing bodily harm on Friday by Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court Chief Magistrate, Jameson Karemani.

Tumahairwe and Muramira were asked to deposit Shs2m each, while their co-accused Roma (driver) and  Odeke were ordered to deposit Shs1m, their passports and national identity cards with the court.

They were remanded to Luzira prisons till today when they would apply for bail.

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.

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 suspects’ lawyers, Banabas Kamya and Humphrey Tumwesigye, applied for bail Tuesday and got their clients released.

Court has ordered them to stay away from their place of work.