By Mable Nakibuuka
Untold shock has gripped all members of the National Unity Platform (NUP) after they received news of the death of John Bosco Sserunkuma, who was one of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s ardent supporters.
Sserunkuma, who was one of the hundreds of Bobi Wine supporters that were arrested in Kalangala District in late December and were remanded until January 19th, 2021 despite having been granted bail by court, died after reportedly being flogged by a prisons warder only identified as Cpl. Odongo, while in custody of the Uganda Prisons Services (UPS).
According to the Commissioner General of prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, Sserunkuma died after he collapsed while at a plantation following flogging from a prisons warder.
Announcing his death, Byabashaija wrote on social media on Sunday night thus; “We regret to announce the death of Sserunkuuma John Bosco prisoner No. KTA/MINR 10402/20 who dropped dead during the process of cultivation.
We urge for calmness as we investigate officer Cpl. Odong who reportedly whipped him yet he had respiratory complications since his admission.”
However, although Byabashaija didn’t divulge details about the plantation where Serunkuma had collapsed dead was or what led to his collapse, by press time the Uganda Prisons Services had not yet issued a statement about this unfortunate occurrence.
It should be noted that over 100 Bobi Wine NUP members who were arrested for supporting Bobi Wine are currently detained at Makindye barracks and other military facilities, while others have been strewn in various prisons across the country.
Efforts to reach Byabashaija were futile by press time but we shall bring you details about this story.
Bobi Wine is also yet to issue to a statement about Sserunkuma’s death, which comes after the murder of several of his supporters by alleged security apparatus.
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