Twin bomb suspects allege torture

The Buganda Road Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Asuman Muhumuza has further remanded 15 suspects in the twin bomb attacks until January 27, 2022.

The suspects including five women, one being heavily pregnant and 10 men have been remanded further to Kitalya, Luzira, and Kigo prisons on terror-related charges and belonging to the rebel, Allied Democratic Forces -ADF.

They are Mobile Money Operators Yusuf Muwonge alias Hamza Ssemaganda alias Robert Danze and Shamirah Naddamba, Ismail Kiyemba, a Welder, Muniru Bogere a Boda Boda Rider, Eron Nanfuka a student, Sharon Nakitende, a Tailor and Annet Nakato Nakibirango, a housewife.

Others are business persons including Zam Naiga, Ismail Matiwa, Huzaifa, Faisal Nadir Nsubuga, Bashir Jjuuko Kiwanuka alias Fred, Mohammed Kisiitu, Hamuza Bakyayita a conductor, Jero Ishaq a Shop Attendant and Twaha Wambedde, an Imam at Kabila Mosque in Nabweru in Nansana Municipality in Wakiso District.   

On Thursday January 13, Court was at full capacity with relatives and family to the accused forced to stand just to have a clear view of their people who appeared via zoom. The prisoners all looked frail and weak, with yellow masks as they appeared on the screens.

Godfrey Turyamusiima, one of the lawyers representing the accused told court that he doesn’t have access to his clients and that they have complained of torture and being denied access to their relatives as well. The suspects attempted to raise their hands to speak but were ignored by presiding Magistrate.

Twin bomb suspects allege torture

Turyamusiima then implored court to issue an order for an investigation into the allegations in addition to permitting a visit from to African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV) to ascertain their situation.

However, the prison wardens have denied the allegations ,however, after a reassurance from Turyamusiima that they were lying to court, the Magistrate so ordered that the be allowed access to visits. It was agreed that visitation happens on Monday,Wednesday and Friday.

Twin suicide bombings took place on November 16 at the Central Police Station and Parliamentary Avenue in Kampala leaving four people dead and 33 others wounded.