Jane Aguti, whose brother, Nicholas Omase is locked up says police was the first to chase Tegu and even fired three bullets. According to Aguti, although she doesn’t know why the officers were chasing the deceased, she suspects that the mob could have responded to the gunshots.
Fresh details have
emerged on the circumstances surrounding the death of Emmanuel Tegu, a former second
year Veterinary student at Makerere University. Tegu was allegedly beaten by a
mob near Lumumba hall in Makerere University on June 27th that mistook him for
He breathed his last at
Mulago National Referral Hospital on June 27th due to multiple organ
failure resulting from internal bleeding. Police have since picked up thirteen suspects
including 10 youths and three security guards in connection to the mob action.
Our reporter spoke to
families of some of the suspects in Makerere University on what transpired on
the fateful night when Tegu was attacked by the mob. Some of them say they
heard three gunshots seemingly fired by police officers chasing someone.
Jane Aguti, whose
brother, Nicholas Omase is locked up says police was the first to chase Tegu and
even fired three bullets. According to Aguti, although she doesn’t know why the
officers were chasing the deceased, she suspects that the mob could have
responded to the gunshots.
"It seems police is
trying to protect itself from this incident. I don’t know who beat Tegu but
what I know police was the first to fire bullets. Our people have been arrested
like terrorists yet they didn’t show us evidence or explain to us what they had
done. Omase wasn’t at the scene,” Aguti said.
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Tom Ogwang is the father of Reagan Ogwang and Sharon Ogwang,
both of whom are in police custody. He believes police are trying to cover up
what transpired to protect their own for their role in Tegu’s death.
Ogwanga, who is also a
senior administrative staff at Makerere University, says police surrounded his
home on Monday without any search warrant and picked up his children without
explaining to him the offense they had committed.
“My son was just coming
from the bathroom and he was taken in underwear. They later called my daughter
and when she reached Wandegeya police division she was also detained. I have
gone there and I have been told that they are arrested over somebody who was
beaten and later died,” Ogwanga said.
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Although the Kampala
Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango declined to reveal the
identities of the suspects in police custody, the parents have provided some of
the names. Some of the suspects are Nicholas Omase, Regan Ogwang, Sharon
Ogwang, Moses, Kakuru, Allan, Molly, Raymond and Dick.
Bashir Kamugo, who spoke on behalf of his father who is also
a lecturer at Makerere University, says police first called Charles Oyugu, the
Makerere Muluka Zone LC I chairperson on July 5 to report to Wandegeya police
“Oyugu is the person
who called police that a student had been beaten. Police called him on Sunday
to record a statement but he was instead detained. Police tasked him to reveal
all the people he saw beating Tegu. But he has told me he found when Tegu had
already been attacked,” Kamugo said.
Kamugo, who is also the
Muluka 11 LC 1 Chairperson, says he arrived at Makerere in the wee hours of June
29 and heard a rumor that a thief had beaten.
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Fred Enanga told URN on Monday that Tegu was found by a police patrol behind
the university main building half naked. He claimed that they had secured
CCTV footage from St Augustine Chapel showing Tegu, who had a history of mental
illness, chasing police officers.
On Tuesday, police
dispatched a team of officers to reconstruct the crime scene with the help of
the security guards from Centenary Bank who were arrested in connection to the
mob action. Our reporter saw the guards leading the officers to the place where
the scuffle started.
Fr. Joseph Ddungu, the Chaplain St Augustine Chapel is
expected to release CCTV footage about the incident this morning in the
presence of police and media.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.