The postmortem report shows that Bamugemye died of blunt trauma on his head. Kisame faults Kirinya Prison authorities for conducting the postmortem in the absence of any family member.
The family of an
inmate who died on remand in Kirinya prisons in Jinja district has declined to bury his
remains demanding a written explanation from the authorities on the
circumstances surrounding his death.
Bamugemye is said to have died on his way from Kamuli road together with other
inmates where they had been deployed to cut trees and clear ant hills.
His body was
taken to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital on Friday morning for postmortem
before it was handed over to his family for burial.
However, the deceased’s relatives led by his father, Patrick Kisame dumped the body at Jinja
Regional Referral Hospital mortuary on Sunday night citing irregularities in
the postmortem report.
The postmortem report shows that
Bamugemye died of blunt trauma on his head. Kisame
faults Kirinya Prison authorities for conducting the postmortem on the body of his son in absence of any family member.
“There is no
way I can bury my son without finding out the whole truth, they never involved me
in the postmortem process. How can I even buy the content in that report?” he asked.
Adding that, “the prisons authorities should issue out a written
statement concerning my son’s death and also request for another postmortem
from a different hospital.”
A prisons officer told URN on
condition of anonymity because she isn’t authorized to speak to the media that Bamugemye slid and fell off a prison truck and died
“The prisons truck hit one of the humps, Bamugemye fell
off, hitting his fore head on the ground and died instantly,” she said.
The Uganda Prisons Spokesperson, Frank Baine, said the deceased died on
remand but declined to divulge the details.
Bamugemye was remanded
to Kirinya Prisons last year for mob justice when he allegedly cut off the hand
of his colleague during a brawl.