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Hearing of Torture Case Against Kabale RDC, DPC Fails to Kick Off

Byonanebye sued the duo through his lawyer, Niwagaba Mwebesa Advocates for allegedly torturing him during a peaceful students protest on October 14th 2016. On the said date, Kabale University students led a peaceful procession from their university campus in Kikungiri through Kabale town to the district headquarters.
Nicholas Lying on the ground after allegedly being tortured in 2016

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Hearing of a torture case filed by Nicholas Byonanebye, a former student of Kabale University against the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Dennis Nzeirwe and District Police Commander, Dickens Bindeba has failed to kick off. 

Byonanebye sued the duo through his lawyer, Niwagaba & Mwebesa Advocates for allegedly torturing him during a peaceful student's protest on October 14th 2016. On the said date, Kabale University students led a peaceful procession from their university campus in Kikungiri through Kabale town to the district headquarters. 

They demanded to meet the Resident District Commissioner, Darias Nandiinda and the LC V Chairperson, Patrick Besigye Keihwa to address their grievances after going a full month without lectures. But upon their arrival at the district headquarters, Bindeeba and Nzeirwe reportedly grabbed Byonanebye and dragged him on the ground before they tortured him until he became unconscious. 

Police used teargas to disperse the students. Police also picked up 13 other students on accusations of holding an illegal assembly. According to Byonanebye, he regained his conscious at Kabale police station where he spent two days in pain. 

The matter came up today morning before the Kabale Grade One Magistrate, Raphael Vueni. He adjourned the matter to January 11th, 2018, saying his court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter. He explained that on the chief magistrate's court can hear the matter. 

He however, noted that the Kabale Chief Magistrate, Moses Ntende Kagoda was transferred recently to Masaka and is yet to be replaced. Both Nzeirwe and Bindeeba didn't show up. Rachel Lubowa, a State Attorney represented the Attorney General. She declined to speak to journalists on the matter. 

Byonanebye's lawyer, Eron Kiiza of Niwagaba and Mwebesa Advocates, says he is ready to appear before court on January 11th, 2018 for the hearing.

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