LDU arrested as Nakalema slams Tegu murder

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Emmanuel Tegu

State House Anti-corruption Unit head Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has condemned any acts of violence against Ugandans committed by security personnel who have sworn to serve.

She said the LDU man seen attacking a civilian with a spade has been arrested and will be charged before the court-martial.

The UPDF is working with the family to ensure that the victim gets the best available treatment, Nakalema noted.

“We have been told that police is doing everything possible to ensure #JusticeforTegu.”

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Emmanuel Tegu, a Makerere University student, passed away at Mulago on July 4, days after he was beaten by a hitherto unidentified group of people.

Tegu allegedly told his mother and sister while on the death bed that he was tortured by a member of the Local Defence Unit (LDU) attached to Makerere University but police maintain that the third year BSc. Animal production (BAP) student was beaten by a mob and not a security operative.

Police said preliminary investigations indicate that the victim was attacked at around 11:00 pm, near Lumumba hall, in Makerere University on June 28.

On Monday, police carried out an intelligence led operation and arrested 10 suspects in connection to the death of Tegu.

All the suspects are residents of Makerere University in Kampala.

They are detained at Wandegeya Police Station pending interrogation.

The suspects, whose identities will be disclosed after interrogation, are said to have participated in the mob action that led to the death of the student.

Tegu, 24, was a son of Sgt. Sam Okwalinga, a police officer in Wakiso district.

Tegu was laid to rest on July 5, 2020, at the family’s ancestral home in Kanyum village, Kolir sub-county, Bukedea district.

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