The mother of a head teacher in Mukono has accused police of frustrating her son’s murder
Eric Mutasiga, the head teacher of Merry Times School
located in Mukono Municipality was allegedly shot and killed by policemen on May 3
on accusations of defying Covid19 orders. This was after he tried to protect
his Chapatti worker who was allegedly being manhandled by policemen.
Joyce Mutasiga says that her efforts to seek justice
for her son, have been frustrated by police. She alleges that police
have tossed her up and down and now feels devastated and helpless.
Mutasiga said Mukono police have since told the family not to
go back to the station unless they have been told to do so. She adds that the deceased’s
widow and herself have tried to get the postmortem report from police but all
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The 61-year-old, who was found weaving bags and table mats,
said her son was managing the school she started in 1993. To date, she says the
police have not briefed her on whether the policemen that killed her son were
arrested or not.
“These policemen were attached to Wanton police station. I am
told they were instead transferred because I no longer see them,” Joyce said.
Joyce said her son was the bread winner since he managed the
school that was their only source of income. Even when schools were closed in
March in order to control the spread of Covid19, Mutasiga remained providing
for his mother, wife and four children.
Since Mutasiga’s demise, Joyce said she has resorted to
weaving aprons, school bags and table mats to earn a living. All the money they
had saved was spent on paying teachers during lockdown and medical expenses
incurred during the six weeks her son spent at Mulago Hospital.
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Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson,
said the file regarding Mutasiga’s murder is with State Attorney for perusal
and legal advice.
“The RSA will guide us on what to do based on the evidence on
the file. As for the post mortem report its attached on the file, and the file
is with state attorney,” SP Onyango said.
Eric Mutasiga is one of the more than 10 people who were
killed between March and July this year by police, Uganda People’s Defence
Forces –UPDF and Local Defence Units –LDUs on claims that they were defying
orders intended to prevent the spread of Covid19.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.