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My Son Was My Only Hope-Father of Tortured Student

The deceased’s elder brother, Suleiman Lubanja told URN that they received a phone call from one of the coaches in the night, informing them that Junior had died after being hit on the head by a police officer.
The deceased on the right, with his team mates

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Hussein Kakumba Senior, whose teenage son was allegedly tortured to death at Nakyekolede police post in Kasubi a fortnight ago wants the police to publish the photos of the killers to aid their arrest. 

The suspects, including two police officers and civilians, allegedly assaulted the 14-year-old Hussein Kakumba Junior, a former student of Kasubi Secondary School in Kampala to death on February 24th, 2022 for the alleged theft of Shillings 1.1million. The suspects are Micheal Amuge, the Officer-in-Charge of Nakyekolede police post and his colleague only identified as Kalisa. 

Kakumba explains that two football coaches he identified as Muhammad Kabenge and Sula Matovu spotted his son and offered to nurture him into a professional footballer and enrol him in a better school.  Kakumba, who stays in Ganda in Wakiso, explains that the coaches then decided to move the deceased to leave with Kabenge’s mother, Rose Nambooze in Kasubi to facilitate his training and studies. 

He explains that Hussein Kakumba Junior lived with Nambooze from primary four until last month when she accused him of stealing Shillings 1.1M. As a result, Nambooze sent the teenager to stay with his family in Ganda. He says that Kabenge and Matovu picked the minor from his residence. 

He says that when the teenager denied stealing the missing money, the two took him to Nakyekolede police post where he was assaulted by Amuge and Kaliisa to extract information. As a result of the severe beatings, the teenager confessed to having stolen the money and hid it at his father’s house. 

The officers stormed Kakumba’s home in Ganda at midnight with the minor in handcuffs but the money was nowhere to be found. “Police searched the house and no money was there. So they went back to Kasubi with my son and subjected him to more torture until he collapsed in the night.  He was already dead by the time they rushed him to Mulago National Referral hospital,” Kakumba narrated.”  

The deceased’s elder brother, Suleiman Lubanja told URN that they received a phone call from one of the coaches in the night, informing them that Junior had died after being hit on the head by a police officer.

// Cue in: “bamukuba emigo … 

Cue out: … essimu mukilo.``// 

Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, says that Old Kampala Police Division is investigating the incident. He, however, said that both the implicated police officers and coaches are still at large. 

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But Kakumba senior, who was at Old Kampala Police to inquire on the progress of the case. Accused the police of hiding vital information from him. He told our reporter that he had severally asked the Police to avail him the photos of suspects for publication to aid their arrest in vain.  

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He described his son as a child who was humble and very talented, saying that his entire family and the community had high hopes for the teenager.

//Cue in: “nali musubilamu naye … 

Cue out: …yayina talent nga.``//