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Family Rejects Body of Dead Inmate

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.
11 Mar 2019 15:04
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.

19-year-old Sam 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 instantly. 

“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.

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