The investigations follow a postmortem report from Mbale Regional Referral Hospital that indicated that Joseph Okwalinga alias Golola and Michael Ojakol died due injuries inflicted on them. The duo died in two separate incidents on January 1, 2022.
East Kyoga Regional Police detectives are investigating fellow Police Officers at Bukedea Central Police Station over
the death of two suspects in the Police custody.
The investigations follow a postmortem report from Mbale
Regional Referral Hospital that indicated that Joseph Okwalinga alias Golola
and Michael Ojakol died due to injuries inflicted on them. The duo died in two separate
incidents on January 1, 2022.
A Police preliminary report had classified the death as
suicide. According to a Press Release by the East Kyoga Regional Police spokesperson Oscar Gregory Ageca Ojakol committed suicide in the
police cells using his clothes while Okwalinga reportedly fainted during the search
for exhibits and died on arrival to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.
But the relatives of the deceased rejected the police
preliminary report and started demanding for explanations. Their
anger was intensified when photos of Ojakol’s alleged suicide act were leaked
from the police cells. In the photo seen by URN, Ojakol’s body is seen
standing behind the door inside the cell with a rope tied on his neck.
The angry relatives stormed the Bukedea CPS demanding answers
from the officers on Tuesday, putting business in Bukedea on a
standstill. Although they were teargassed, they never retreated until the
Police leadership gave an audience to selected delegates of the angry
Geoffrey Okiswa, the Bukedea Resident District Commissioner
says that the postmortem report shows that the suspects were tortured and asked the security personnel to investigate the matter.
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Although Ageca maintains that
the Police has not yet received the report to comment on the matter,
the Regional Police Commander for East Kyoga, Rusoke Kituuma confirmed the
commencement of investigations against the officers but declined to name any
officers in the spotlight.
“We agreed to have a single communication line through our
PRO but I can confirm that our regional detectives are on the ground to
investigate the matter”, he said on phone.
Relatives of the deceased suspects want the Police to
compensate the families and also meet their burial expenses. They insist that the
bodies can only be laid to rest after the fulfilment of their conditions.