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Three Bar Employees Arrested For Torturing Masaka Residents

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Regional Police Spokesperson, has confirmed the arrest saying the suspects are being detained at Masaka Central police station as investigations continue.
Plan A bar whose employees were arrested

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At least three employees of Plan A Bar in Nyendo town in
Masaka city, have been arrested for allegedly capturing and torturing residents of Kitaka
zone in Masaka city.

 

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Regional Police
Spokesperson, has confirmed the arrest saying the suspects are being detained
at Masaka Central police station as investigations continue.

 

He declined to reveal the details of the suspects fearing
to jeorpadise ongoing inquiries. The bar was also closed until further notice.

 

The arrest follows the escalating protests that started
on Thursday last week with the residents demanding the arrest of the
perpetrators.

 

The protests follow several complaints from different
residents who say they have been dragged inside the bar and tortured by the
employees.  

 

According to the residents, the local authorities and
police were informed about the matter but they took the complaints lightly for
some time.

 

It is until when their colleague Sam Kafumbe was captured
by the bar employees and tortured on Thursday that the rowdy family members and
residents took the matter upon themselves and attempted to burn the bar.

 

Immediately police and the military were deployed to
thwart the attempts and dispersed the protestors.

 

The protest continued throughout until Monday when Mathias
Mpuuga Nsamba, the Leader of Opposition in the Parliament of Uganda, intervened.

 

He further tasked the village authorities and police to
arrest all the perpetrators and bring them to book and close down the bar which has
been open amid the presidential directive.

 

The residents have also accused Moses Kitaka Ssekiwunga,
the LCI chairperson-Kitaka zone, of remaining silent in this case while the
perpetrators roam freely.

 

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Cue out:………….nga omusota.”//

 

Ssekiwunga denied the accusations saying none of the
residents reported the matter to him for redress.

 

Police first arrested one of the accused employees on
Monday while others went into hiding. Two more were arrested from their hideout
today.

 

According to Nsubuga, investigations into the matter have
kicked off and warned all bar owners to respect the presidential directive and
adhere to the COVID19 guidelines.

 

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Cue out:………….wekubire enduulu.”//

 

However, efforts to get Geoffrey Kalyango, the proprietor
of the bar, for a comment failed since his known mobile number was off.

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