Police and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces are hunting two soldiers who are suspected to have clobbered a man to death in Mutungo, a suburb of Kampala.
Rogers Waiswa, 28 was beaten into a coma and dumped at Mutungo police post on Tuesday night after allegedly stealing a bag of cement from a construction site of Brig. Matayo Kyaligonza who was not home at the time of the incident.
It is alleged that UPDF soldiers guarding the home of Uganda’s ambassador to Burundi, killed Waiswa.
“The information we have is that he had been at the site most of the evening demanding his pay and when it came to night, the guards wanted him to leave.
“We think they started to beat him when he insisted on payment before departure,” Mutungo ward councillor to Makindye Ssabagabo municipality, Ahmed Ssekyanzi a resident said.
When Waiswa lost consciousness, residents allege that the soldiers dumped him at Mutungo police post cells where he died on Wednesday night at around 1am from bleeding and his injuries.
The chairperson of Mutungo Ms Stephania Mukasa said the deceased had been brought from Busoga to perform support duties for the builders.
Another resident speaking on condition of anonymity said that he met three soldiers as he drove back home.
“Two were in full uniform, another in T-Shirt and military trousers while the other one was in civilian clothes. When they saw the lights they pretended to been giving way. I only learnt they had been beating a resident after the news of his death,” he said.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima; Pte. Rogers Kasigazi and Pte. Shaban Musinguzi fled after beating a one Rogers Waisa to death early this week.
“The two soldiers beat Waisa after accusing him of theft of a bag of cement from a construction site they were guarding,” Kayima said.
“They then brought him to Mutungo Police Post, but were advised to first take him to hospital because he was in bad condition.”
The police mouthpiece said the suspects, however, abandoned Waiswa before reaching the hospital and he was recovered dead.
The body was, after recovery, taken to Mulago for a postmortem report.
“The sticks used to beat him have been recovered at the construction site as the hunt for the 2 soldiers has started,” said Kayima.
Kayima also revealed that one Joel Akonyero who had escorted the 2 soldiers has been arrested to assist in investigations.