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Investigations Pin Two Police Officers for Death of Suspect in Custody

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Now, Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, says investigations have implicated have implicated Mugodi, Rugambamazima and a police informer for the murder of the suspect.
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A team of homicide detectives assigned to investigate the death of a suspect in Kiwenda Police cells under Kasangati Policing Division has implicated two police officers. 

Alex Lubiika was found dead in Kiwenda Police cells, a day after he was arrested on August 8th, 2019 for alleged goat theft.  

His death sparked protests from his relatives and residents, saying he had been tortured to death. 

The Professional Standards Unit- PSU and Kampala Metropolitan Policing Area intervened and picked up Corporal Robinnah Namaguru, the Officer in Charge of the outpost and Police Constable William Mugodi.   Their co-accused, Jimmy Rugambamazima went into hiding and is still at large. 

Now, Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, says investigations have implicated have implicated Mugodi, Rugambamazima and a police informer for the murder of the suspect.

He however, said the investigations exonerate Corporal Robinnah Namagaru, the Officer in Charge of the police post and another female vigilante of any wrongdoing.  

Although the officers claim that the suspect was thumped by a mob while disembarking on a police patrol, investigators have since established that he was fine when he was locked up.  

“Our officers who mishandled the suspect their files were investigated thoroughly, professionally done and we took the file to RSA [Resident State Attorney] who preferred murder charges against two police officers and one vigilant. One police officer is on the run,” Onyango said.

He said the investigators established that Namagaru was away when the suspect was arrested and tortured. 

“The RSA in his wisdom advised that the two didn’t participate in the crime so they were released as per the directive,” Onyango said. 

Last week, the Kampala Metropolitan Police withdrew all 10 police officers and vigilantes attached to Kiwenda Police Post because of sustained protests by residents against Lubiika’s death.

Onyango explained that the officers were withdrawn to allow smooth investigations into Lubiika’s death and protect them from possible attacks by angry residents.   

The officers are now stationed at Kasangati Division Police Station.  They were replaced by Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel.

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