RED TOP BRIGADE YOUTHS WHO RAIDED PARLIAMENT ACCUSE POLICE OF TORTURE; SENT BACK TO LUZIRA FOR LACK OF NATIONAL IDS
By Isaac Wandubile
Mutasa Kafeero and Dafal Ssenjako, the two members of the Red Top Brigade who interrupted a parliamentary session to protest corruption last week have accused police of torturing them in detention at Luzira Prisons.
The duo told Grade One Magistrate Fatuma Nabirye of City Hall Court in Kampala that the officers in uniform had beaten them with batons and maltreated in other degrading ways.
Kafeero told Magistrate Nabirye that the officers had decided “to concentrate on the middle parts of our body.”
As a result, Kafeero further told court, he was urinating and vomiting blood. For his part, Ssenjako claimed officers had banged his head with a baton.
“I also fear that my ribs could have been broken,” further narrated Ssenjako. “I have a blood running stomach and they denied us to see our personal doctors.”
Nathan Mpenjje of Lukwago and Company Advocates, the duo’s lawyer, asked Nabirye to dismiss the case since the State had tortured his clients in prison and failed to offer them medical attention.
Meanwhile, Nabirye charged the two suspects with four counts, two of which are on malicious damage of properties at Parliament (the glass and wall clock), criminal trespass and disruption of a plenary sitting of the House.
The two youth activists denied the charges and sought bail. Nabirye granted them a Shs1m cash bail and Shs1m non-cash bail for sureties.
But the magistrate asked for Kafeero’s and Ssenjako’s National Identity (ID) Cards. The duo said the IDs had been left the cards at Parliament where they had been arrested from. They have since been taken back to Luzira as Mpenjje looks for their IDs.
If they manage to get out of jail, Nabirye will expect them to appear before her temple of justice on March 12 for mention of their case. call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).