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Body of missing Rwandan national buried in Kampala cemetery

Butabika hospital where Emmanuel Magezi reportedly died from

Butabika hospital where Emmanuel Magezi reportedly died from

The body of Emmanuel Magezi, a Rwandan national who had reportedly been in military custody for ten months before his death at Butabika hospital was buried in Kampala city cemetery, URN has learnt. 

According to records at the City Mortuary, Magezi was buried on January 23, 2020, two days after his body went unclaimed. Magezi was reportedly arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) in March 2019 together with another Rwandan national, Theogen Sendegeya.

For more than 10 months, their whereabouts were unknown, as family and relatives couldn’t locate them in all gazetted detention facilities. It later emerged that the duo was arrested from Mbarara and detained at Makenke military barracks before they were transferred to the CMI headquarters in Kampala.

A document signed by Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, the joint chief of staff of the UPDF indicated the duo was arrested by a joint security operation on suspicion of involvement in actions prejudicial to national security. 

Their lawyers filed an application on January 30, 2020, against the Government of Uganda, the director of CMI and the chief of defense forces demanding for their production and showing cause why their client's constitutional right to liberty had been infringed on. 

On February 10, High court justice Esther Nambayo ordered that Magezi and Sendegeya be produced in court, dead or alive within seven days. But a week later, state attorney Brian Musota told the court that the two were not anywhere in their detention facilities because they had been taken to Butabika hospital for treatment. 

Dr Apio Irene Wengi, a psychiatrist at Butabika hospital confirmed that Magezi was admitted on August 23, 2019, for a psychotic mental disorder. However, by the time the letter was written, Magezi was still undergoing inpatient care. 

But Musota added that one of the two arrested had escaped from Butabika hospital and his whereabouts are unknown to the state. On the same day, documents presented by the government before the court indicated that Magezi had died on January 21, 2020, from Butabika hospital.  

A post mortem report made by Dr Richard Ambayo of City Mortuary indicates that Magezi died of cerebral infarction, a condition that results from a blockage in the arteries supplying blood and oxygen to the brain.

Kampala lawyer Eron Kiiza says that Magezi’s family in Kigali is waiting to receive the remains. Kiiza notes that the family through him contacted Rwanda’s High Commission in Uganda to follow up the matter and see how they can get back the remains.

However, the family needs an order of inquest from the court allowing them to exhume the body for any purposes, as the procedure stands, for all bodies buried in public cemeteries.

Comments

0 #1 suhagogo 2020-02-21 13:02
As always, the beginning of the year has never been simple. It comes with lots of challenges like lost marriages, lost love, financial and job problems and so many more, but still there has always been a solution to every challenges that we face in life.
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0 #2 karemire 2020-02-21 13:45
Well, Paul might have been right after all when he banned his citizens from entering Uganda.

At least, it appears that he as enough closely embedded eyes and ears within the Ug regime that provide him with quality up to date info for such crucial judgments relating to the security of his own country.
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0 #3 karemire 2020-02-21 16:09
Quoting suhagogo:
As always, the beginning of the year has never been simple. It comes with lots of challenges like lost marriages, lost love, financial and job problems and so many more, but still there has always been a solution to every challenges that we face in life.

What is the relevant point that you are making above? I must be a dummy to ask that !!!
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0 #4 WINNER 2020-02-21 16:32
Quoting karemire:
Well, Paul might have been right after all when he banned his citizens from entering Uganda.

At least, it appears that he as enough closely embedded eyes and ears within the Ug regime that provide him with quality up to date info for such crucial judgments relating to the security of his own country.


Agreed 100% if such realities are coming out now. This is a rotten egg on the face of Museveni and his operatives.

What a shame to us as Ugandans and what is the difference between Museveni and Obote and Amin Dada who are always demonised as killers? These murderers must give us a break or else Amin will speak from his grave.
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-1 #5 karemire 2020-02-21 23:23
Quoting WINNER:
Quoting karemire:
Well, Paul might have been right after all when he banned his citizens from entering Uganda.

At least, it appears that he as enough closely embedded eyes and ears within the Ug regime that provide him with quality up to date info for such crucial judgments relating to the security of his own country.


Agreed 100% if such realities are coming out now. This is a rotten egg on the face of Museveni and his operatives.

What a shame to us as Ugandans and what is the difference between Museveni and Obote and Amin Dada who are always demonised as killers? These murderers must give us a break or else Amin will speak from his grave.


(a) Obote & Amin did not run thieving regimes, at least. (b) Obote &Amin were Northerners. That matters too. (c) Obote & Amin were of Nilotes. That matters too. (d) etc .... (Please let us not skin the tail of a goat here).
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0 #6 Kalibbala 2020-02-22 22:42
Exactly...This is NRA Modus Operandi..Killing and then Blaming the Dead...They Cornered up All UFM Fighters belonging To Kayiira and Shot them Cold-Blooded in one Uni Port in Lubiri Barracks.. survivors are Scattered around Europe..Kagame is well Aware of all this...

Two days ago They Shot another Muslim Cleric..in Bugiri/Busoga the Killer came From Rubaga..in Kampala!!!!

Slowly the Truth is Coming to Light...You can Continue Killing But you will not Finish Us All..Our Grand Children will Revenge..
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