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
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
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
“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withdrawn to allow smooth investigations into Lubiika’s death and protect them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.