Thirteen people arrested in connection to the murder of former Assistant Inspector of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewo have have asked Nakawa Court grade one magistrate Noah Sajjabi to remand them to Luzira prison instead of Nalufenya where they have been since their arrest.
The Grade 1 Magistrate Noah granted the suspects their prayer adding that he had no jurisdiction to address their plight.
The suspects pleaded to court about torture in detention, no medication or food in their detention. They were in tears, limping, some without shirts and bruised which led to their relatives who were in court bursting into tears.
These led by Abdul Rashid Mbaziira told court that they torture them at Nalufenya police station which put their lives are in danger.
Ahmad Senfuka Shaban, 30, a school teacher in Mukono, removed his shirt to show what appeared to be fresh injuries to his back, chest and left arm.
In the dock another suspect told the magistrate judge, Noah Ssajjabi, that he and his co-accused had been held at the Nalufenya police station, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the capital, where they had been tortured.
Outside the court relatives of the accused wept as the men hobbled into police vehicles under heavy guard.
Abdul Hamid Shaban Senfuka, Shaban’s brother, said the two had managed to speak briefly in the small courtroom.
“He said police poured boiling water on him, as well as acid. They beat him with cables and put electricity on his private parts,” the 27-year old car mechanic told AFP.
“He’s innocent,” he insisted. “He had nothing to do with Kaweesi’s death. They took him because he is a Muslim and there had been a disagreement in the community about his school.”
They were charged on April 21st 2017 and sent on remand at Luzira prison but instead they were taken to Nalufenya.
Now the magistrate has ordered their dentation in Luzira prison until May 18th when they re-appear for mention of the case.
This after prosecution led by Rachael Nabwire informed court that investigations into the matter are still on-going.
They faced five counts including murder, Terrorism and Aggravated robbery.
Prosecution states that the 13 on the 17th/March 2017 at Kulambiro within Kampala district shot dead AIGP Felix Kaweesi, his body guard Kenneth Erau and his driver Godfrey Wambewa as they drove in the official Uganda Police vehicle to work.