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POLICE ARRESTS SUSPECTS IN DEATH OF MAKERERE STUDENT 8 DAYS AFTER LUMUMBA HALL ‘MOB ACTION’

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By Mulengera Reporter

Uganda Police Force has confirmed the arrest of 10 people in connection with the death of Emmanuel Tegu, a third year student of Veterinary Medicine at Makerere University who died at the weekend after spending days at Mulago Hospital.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango, Police on June 28 received distress calls that a suspected thief had been beaten near Makerere University’s Lumumba Hall. It later turned out that the victim of the mob action was Tegu who friends say was coming from a Christian fellowship.

Onyango even dismissed claims that Tegu, who breathed his last at the weekend, was killed by LDUs, clarifying that there are no Local Defence Unit guards in the university. The Police mouthpiece emphasized that security at  Makerere, Uganda’s largest higher learning institution, is managed by Police and private security firms.

With pressure piling on security agencies to provide answers in the case that has now captured Ugandans’ attention online, police says it has arrested 10 suspects, all residents on the campus, over the incident, and detained them at the Wandegeya Police Station.

Meanwhile, speaking during the joint security taskforce presser at the Media Centre in Kampala on Monday, UPF spokesperson Fred Enanga said preliminary findings indicated that Tegu had bipolar disorder, a form of mental illness, and tried to fight officers. Enanga even claimed that available CCTV footage had shown Tegu trying to pelt stones at officers.

“Tegu reached Centenary Bank in Makerere University and tried to attack the guards there. One of the guards raised an alarm and residents from Lumumba Hall descended on him [Tegu]. Tegu became more aggressive as they tried to pursue him and started pelting them with stones,” said Enanga.

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