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Abducted boxer Sojaman admitted in hospital, narrates torture ordeal

Sojaman in hospital

Sojaman in hospital

Boxer Robert Mukasa alias Sojaman is nursing serious injuries at Lincoln clinic in Bwaise after being tortured by his abductors.

Unidentified people allegedly kidnapped the boxer from Bugalani Zone, Bwaise III in Kawempe Division on Tuesday night last week when his coach Zebra Ssenyange was gunned down by security operatives.

Mukasa, who has been the manager of Zebra Boxing Club, was allegedly kidnapped by people dressed in police and military uniform. They blindfolded him and drove off with him to an unknown place where he was severally tortured.    

News circulated fast on social media that Mukasa had been killed and his body dumped near Bombo military barracks in Luwero district. However, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire dispelled the rumours, saying police had visited the area and didn’t find anybody as claimed.

Mukasa narrated on his sickbed at Lincoln clinic that he was abducted around midnight by heavily armed masked people. He says his abductors interrogated him about his activities with his colleague, Zebra and why they wanted to meet President Yoweri Museveni.      

”After hearing rounds of gunshots in the neighbourhood, I heard people knocking on my door and calling my name. I thought they were neighbours and when I opened they asked me to raise my hands up. They handcuffed and blindfolded me and drove me off. I can’t tell where they took me that night. But when we reached they started beating me while asking me things I did not know [about],” said Mukasa.   

According to Mukasa, his tormentors questioned him to tell them what he and Zebra were planning to do during the elections.   Later, Mukasa says his tormentors drove him up to Kireka along the Northern bypass and told him that he had no case to answer and handed him Shs 10,000 to return home.

Junior Ssenyange says Mukasa was helped by good Samaritans to reach the hospital where they received information that he was still alive. According to Ssenyange, they had lost hope following several reports indicating that Mukasa had been killed near Bombo military barracks. 

“We went to Kawempe police station after receiving information that Mukasa was dead. Everyone started crying we’re in still mourning the death of Zebra, we thank God he is still alive even if he was tortured,” said Ssenyange. He has called for justice for Mukasa and his friend Zebra who was shot dead. 

Over the weekend the Uganda boxing Federation demanded answers on the continued arrests and torture of boxers in the country. The federation president, Moses Muhangi says that more than 4 boxers are missing.

In his latest televised address, President Museveni apologized for Ssenyange’s death, saying he was killed by the government's security forces. He promised to investigate the matter and furnish the deceased’s family with the findings from his investigations. 

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+6 #1 Webs 2021-01-05 09:22
''President Museveni apologized for Ssenyange’s death, saying he was killed by the government's security forces.''

What has become of our president? He seems to have unproportionally become brutal. At this one really gets puzzled at how boxers, merely armed with their fists, can become a security threat to the regime.

No wonder, I think these are open signs of a crumbling dictatorial regime.
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+2 #2 Apollo 2021-01-05 09:27
This Death Squad is responsible for all the extra-judicial murders that have happened in the Kampala Metropolitan Area since the violence of 18-19th November 2020.

Nearly all the victims Gen. Museveni mentioned in his End of Year message were extra-judicially executed between the last week of November and first week of December 2020.
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+4 #3 Lakwena 2021-01-05 10:10
In other words, Uganda is under the iron grip of a terror NRM organization, lead by our "Problem of Africa, the Author and Master of Violence", Gen Tibuhaburwa M7 aka Juma Lenin.

Otherwise, if it is regular criminal cases; why would any unarmed suspect like Mukasa alias Sojaman hereabove, be arrested by heavily armed, hooded and masked security personnel (police)?

God, where are you?
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+4 #4 Lakwena 2021-01-05 16:00
Quoting Apollo:
This Death Squad is responsible for all the extra-judicial murders that have happened in the Kampala Metropolitan Area since the violence of 18-19th November 2020.

Nearly all the victims Gen. Museveni mentioned in his End of Year message were extra-judicially executed between the last week of November and first week of December 2020.


Apollo, wrong. It goes way back up to the murders of Joan Kagezi, Afande Kaweesi and not forgetting all the Moslem clerics murdered in cold blood.
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+2 #5 Patrick Ojulong 2021-01-05 16:44
The statements contradict...initially he was asked why they wanted to meet President Museveni then in another twist, the same group asking him what they planned on 14th after elections.

collaborate with the president's statement -- there is something amiss here
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+1 #6 rubangakene 2021-01-05 18:49
Agreed Ojulong,
You see, there is nothing amiss; it is a question of "kill the messenger who brings you the news", because he knows too much. Look at our Abiriga met his death, a similar scenario if you ask me.
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+1 #7 Odongkara 2021-01-06 07:33
Quoting rubangakene:
Agreed Ojulong,
You see, there is nothing amiss; it is a question of "kill the messenger who brings you the news", because he knows too much. Look at our Abiriga met his death, a similar scenario if you ask me.


You are right on the death of Abiriga! Arua people know that Abiriga's murder was an insider's job. He was murdered because he knew too much.

Didn't you notice Museveni's closeness until burial was done? He didn't want any leakages! The same for police SP Kirumira
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+1 #8 Lakwena 2021-01-06 08:19
Quoting Odongkara:
Quoting rubangakene:
Agreed Ojulong,
You see, there is nothing amiss; it is a question of "kill the messenger who brings you the news", because he knows too much. Look at our Abiriga met his death, a similar scenario if you ask me.


... Didn't you notice Museveni's closeness until burial was done? He didn't want any leakages! The same for police SP Kirumira


Odongkara, in order to lead the police into a wild goose chase; the characteristics of serial killers is that: they are the first to report about murder crimes to the police, and even provide/give descriptive corroboration of the suspect.

Remember the Kaweesi case whereby Gen Kayihura offered a Shs.10 million bounty, complete with the artist's impression of the suspects who could have massacred Afande Kaweesi and his personal assistants.
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