Police in Mbarara have failed to produce in court three people who were arrested on Thursday for allegedly conducting a mock funeral for President Yoweri Museveni.

 

The suspects are Mr Abert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University, Mr Rodgers Asiimwe, and Mr Maxi Muhumuza, a spokesperson of Ankole Kingdom. They were on Thursday found in possession of a coffin with an inscription “Rest in Peace Museveni,” and a portrait of the president.

In the same coffin, were names of Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire and several members of Parliament.

 

A group of friends and relatives gathered at the Mbarara High Court where the suspects were expected to appear.

Mr  Bright Muhumuza, a concerned resident says that the behaviour of police in the matter indicates that they are biased.

 He says since Thursday, they made several attempts to visit the suspects and secure them a police bond in vain.

Mr  Medard Bahumwire, a friend of  Mr Asiimwe, one of the suspects, faults the police for denying him and other people a chance to visit the suspects which he says is unacceptable.

Mr Bahumwire says holding the suspects beyond 48 hours and the failure to produce them in court tantamounts to human rights violation.

Rwizi Regional Police spokesperson Samson Kasasira, however, says that the police are not playing any games as alleged. He says the police are only waiting for a file on the matter from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions before producing the suspects in court.