Gov’t Dragged To Court By  Families Of  Suspects In Gen. Katumba Wamala Shooting

Gov’t Dragged To Court By Families Of Suspects In Gen. Katumba Wamala Shooting

By Our Reporter

Security last week announced the arrest of suspects in the attempted murder of Gen. Katumba Wamala last month, who include; Kamada Walusimbi aka Mudinka, Siriman Kisambira aka Mukwasi, Juma Saidi, Juma Sserwadda, and Muhammad Kagugube aka Bafumoya whereas Hussein Wahab Lubwama aka Master and Mustafa Kawawa Ramadan aka Amin were shot dead as they allegedly attempted to escape.

On Monday, lawyers of the eight suspects who are currently in custody filed an application of Habeas Corpus to have them produced before court whether dead or alive.

Habeas corpus is an application through which a person reports unlawful detention or imprisonment of a suspect to a court and requests that the court orders the custodian of the person, to bring the prisoner to court, to determine whether the detention is lawful or not.

The families of the suspects, through their lawyers of Wameli and Co Advocates, told the court that their relatives were arrested by security operatives from their respective homes of Kawanda, Maganjo, Muyenga, and Namuwongo in Kampala and Wakiso districts but they have never been produced in any competent court as required by law.

“Several plain-clothed men armed with all kinds of guns pounced and grabbed them, forced and brutally dragged them into waiting vans. It is now over 48 hours but they have not been produced before any court or formally charged with any offense under the law,” an affidavit by one Francis Nyakoojo reads in part.

The family members say the detention beyond the 48 hours as stipulated by the law is a violation of the detained relatives’ rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

They also say that the group was illegally arrested and are being detained illegally in unknown places.

“I believe that the continued illegal detention is in contravention of their right to personal liberty under Article 23 of the 1995 Constitution. Under the circumstances, it has become necessary to seek the intervention of this court to secure their personal liberties,” Nyakoojo affidavit adds.

In the application, the Attorney General, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, the Commandant Special Investigations Division, Kireka, and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence(CMI) have been included as joint defenders.

Gen. Katumba, who is also the Minister for Works and Transport, was attacked as he headed to work by gunmen on June 01, 2021, who rained bullets on his official vehicle, which killed his daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Sgt. Haruna Kayondo

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