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Mob Attack Victims Fault Police Over Delayed Prosecution of Suspects

Nelson Shekanabo, one of the victims says that they identified their attackers through a suspects’ parade at Jinja central police station but they are surprised that they have spent more than two weeks in police cells without appearing in court.
A fundraising poster for Morris Owiny hanging at one of the restaurands in Jinja city.

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Police in Jinja City are on the spot for the delayed prosecution of suspects accused of attacking mourners during a night vigil in Bugembe town council last month.    

The complainants say they were attending the vigil of their colleague, Christopher Kibedi in Wanyama Village in Northern Jinja City Division when they were attacked a group of machete-wielding thugs on September 19th, 2020.  

Twenty-two of the mourners escaped with minor injuries but their colleague Morris Owinyi, a child rights activist attached to Atin Afrika foundation was beaten into coma and is still admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at Victoria hospital.   

Nelson Shekanabo, one of the victims says that they identified their attackers through a suspects’ parade at Jinja central police station but they are surprised that they have spent more than two weeks in police cells without appearing in court.

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Led by Tevan Kalule, the victims told journalists on Saturday that Owinyi’s medical bill has accumulated to Shillings 165 million following four different surgeries. 

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Kiira Region Police spokesperson, Abbey Ngako, says police are handling the case but declined to divulge into details.  

A source at Jinja Resident State Attorney’s office told URN on condition of anonymity that despite their advice, police detectives are yet to rectify mistakes on the file, which has delayed its’ sanctioning. 

“We are aware of their complaint but the file has a lot of weak points, which detectives have failed to rectify despite our endless meetings with them,” the source said.