The MPs of Human Rights Committee speaking to suspects at Adjumani police station. Photo by John
Adjumani. The District police commander, Mr Ojokuna Elatu has been summoned over alleged death of a suspect at the police cells.
The Parliamentary committee chairperson on Human Rights, Jova Kamateka, was tipped by members of the public about the continuous unexplained cases where suspects have died under police custody.
The Chairperson Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Jova Kamateka. Photos by Okello
The committee also tasked the DPC and company to explain the death of Patrick Vundru a resident of Ofua Sub-County on September 9.
The deceased was reportedly shot dead by police while trying to disperse mob from lynching a suspected sorcerer and up to date police have failed to identify who shot the man within its ranks.
The District Police Commander, Ojokuna who has been summoned
Juliet Logose head of Uganda Human Right commission Arua regional Office said they expect full report from the DPC and company within two days. “Police is supposed to protect people but if it turn to aiding arbitrary deaths members this is unbecoming we must act now,” Logose said.
The Uganda Human Rights Commission Officer for West Nile Juliet Logose speaking in Arua.
Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga a member of the committee shocked Officers at Adjumani Police station when he displayed graphic knowledge of the mysterious deaths in Police hands.
Abiriga tasked the officer in charge only identified as Motoka to explain events surrounding the death of a suspect in police cells at Pagirinya Refugee settlement Police post earlier this month.
“Are you aware of the death of Chandiga Richard in Police cells in Pagirinya? We need answers to this case,” Abiriga said.
Motoka in response said the suspect in question had committed suicide while in custody using the rope he was tied with while in cells.
Motoka explained that Chandiga was brought to the Police post by local council authorities for allegedly beating up a South Sudanese Refugee to coma.
Members of the committee were infuriated by his explanation and demanded the officer manning cells that day be produced before them for questioning.
Motoka however said the officer was released on Police bond issued on the orders of the District Police Commander.
Upon appearing before the committee Stephen Edonu the officer in question explained that the deceased was violent and could not be restrained at the time he was brought to the police post.
“He was violent and could not be controlled since I was alone at the station we had to tie him before locking him up,” Edonu explained.
The committee unanimously blamed him for negligence of the officer and demanded him be detained.
The deceased Chandiga Richard a resident of Biyaya Village Adjumani town council was buried on October 17.