A police investigation into the mysterious death of a senior two student of Busembatia Secondary School in Busembatia Town Council, Bugweri District, is underway in Namutumba District.
On Monday morning, James Mukama was discovered dead in his cell at Bugobi Police Post, Bugobi Town Council, Namutumba District.
Mukama’s sister, Ms Bridgette Nabudo, said he was arrested last Friday on suspicion of stealing two saucepans and a Visa belonging to a Bugobi Town Council resident.
“I had gone to Namutumba District for the ongoing residual mosquito spraying when I heard about my brother’s arrest.” “I went to see him that evening (Friday) to see if the allegations against him were true, but he said they weren’t,” Ms Nabudo told this publication on Monday.
“We were planning to go to Court this week, but his death has shocked us,” she added. My brother is a hardworking young man who devotes his time to his gardens, from which he earns his school fees. Our family has suffered a significant loss as a result of his death because our father has lost an heir.”
Ms Veronica Namumbya, the deceased’s sister, said she last spoke with Mukama on Sunday evening.
“He told me how ‘bad’ police cells were during our lengthy conversation, and I had no idea that was his last speech,” she explained.
Mr Moses Nandabi, a Bugobi Town Council district councillor, blamed police for the alleged delay in conducting investigations, claiming that the suspect had been detained for longer than the stipulated 24 hours, after which a suspect must be produced in court.
“Police are doing their best to establish the cause of death,” Busoga East Police Spokesperson Ms Diana Nandaula said. True, he hanged himself, but our investigations are ongoing.”