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Mpaata's arrest was prompted by an informant who alerted the police about a man in his neighborhood who had illegally detained and tortured an unidentified person to death.
Edmond Mpaata at Jinja CPS.
Edmond Mpaata, the Nakaseke District Fisheries Officer, spent the night in police cells on charges of illegal detention, torture, and suspected murder of an unidentified person. He is locked up at Jinja Central Police Station. Mpaata's arrest was prompted by an informant who alerted the police about a man in his neighborhood who had illegally detained and tortured an unidentified person to death.

The informant trailed Mpaata, who in the early hours of August 19, 2023, reportedly loaded the deceased into his vehicle registration number UAL 998B and drove to Mwiri hill forest reserve in Kakira town council, Jinja district, where he disposed of the body. Police detectives promptly arrested Mpaata and examined his vehicle, which showed fresh blood stains in the trunk area. However, he denied any involvement in the alleged crimes. 

Despite their search efforts, the detectives initially couldn't locate the deceased. But a group of young people searching for firewood discovered a lifeless body under dry trees, covered with leaves. They informed the territorial police in Kakira, who retrieved the body and took it to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for a postmortem examination.

The appearance of the deceased and the clothing matched the descriptions provided by the police informant, who claimed to have seen the man before his death at Mpaata's residence. Mpaata was apprehended alongside his watchman, Sande Egesa, who allegedly assisted in torturing the unidentified person. Reportedly, on August 17, 2023, Mpaata encountered an unidentified man harvesting bananas from his garden. 

Mpaata struck the man's head with a large stick, causing him to fall. He then directed Egesa to lock the man in a storage room, where he was subjected to brutal beatings for three consecutive days. Upon realizing that the man had died, they decided to dispose of the body in a forest reserve to cover up the crime. A local resident, speaking anonymously, mentioned that her children informed her of a suspected thief who had been killed at Mpaata's residence. 

She dismissed their claims but only grasped the seriousness of the situation after her neighbor's arrest. "We have registered several cases of theft throughout this whole year and when the children informed me of how a suspected thief had been tortured and starved to death at Mpaata's residence, I firstly ignored them for fairy tales, only to be informed about my neighbor’s arrest on Sunday," she said.

An unnamed detective involved in the investigation shared that suspected blood stains and various items believed to have been used in the torture were recovered from Mpaata's residence. James Mubi, the Kiira Regional police spokesperson, stated that all the retrieved evidence would undergo forensic analysis at the government analytical laboratory to strengthen the case against the suspects. Mubi added that efforts to locate the deceased's relatives were ongoing, with the aim of establishing any connections between him and the suspects prior to his death.

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