Batungura Bewotti, a 27-year-old Law student at UCU, was murdered in Makerere University during the final round of the Guild Presidential Campaigns on 14.07.2022.
KAMPALA | NOW THEN DIGITAL — At Makerere University, the Joint Task Team of CID, CI, KMP, CMI, and ISO continues its investigation into the murder of Batungura Bewotti, a 27-year-old Law student of UCU. He was killed during the final round of the Guild Presidential Campaigns on 14.07.2022.
- In a joint effort with CID, CI, KMP, CMI, and ISO, the JTT continues to investigate the murder of Batungura Bewotti, a 27-year-old Law student at UCU, on 14.07.2022, during a Guild Presidential Campaign at Makerere University.
- According to Enanga, three suspects, Kabuye Frank, MP Kassanda, Ssekidde Allan and Kabuurwa Muzafaru have been charged with incitement to violence, and more investigations are underway.
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In a statement dated July 18, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said the death of such a young University student embarking on adult life, is so devastating and painful for the family, friends, the universities and the public. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Enanga stated that facts gathered indicate the victim was fatally wounded by a blow from a broken glass bottle, which caused the sharp force injury, on the right side of the neck, after he was attacked near Nsibirwa Hall junction.
“The victim rushed to the washrooms at Nsibirwa Hall, where his colleagues picked and transported him to the University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was hemorrhagic shock following sharp force trauma.”
He said the incident remains under investigation by the police teams part of which is to examine the possible linkages to the aggressive behaviour of both external groups ferried into the campaigns and the student brigades created from within the University.
Enanga revealed that so far, three suspects including Kabuye Frank, MP Kassanda, Ssekiddde Allan and Kabuurwa Muzafaru, are being charged in court, with incitement to violence as more investigations continue.
The police spokesperson, however, said efforts are in place to trace all the other external perpetrators of violence, but who are still very many.
“We are also interesting ourselves in the student brigades of North Coat Revolutionary Army (NRA), RAT Guard Brigade (RGB) and Oxegeble Guard Brigade (OGB), who are hired during political and social activities at the University,” Enanga said.
“The victim who had come to rally support for his former high school friend, Tukamushaba Justus, the Guild Presidential Candidate on FDC ticket was part of the North Coat Revolutionary Army, that was guarding the FDC candidate. While the NUP candidate, was being guarded by the RAT Guard Brigade.”
In addition, he said the RAT group allegedly sparked violence as they were leaving the venue for the incoming FDC group. The NRM candidate was being guarded by the Oxegeble Guard Brigade.
He mentioned that with the help of the CCTV footage, and other video footage recorded by some witnesses, they have been able to generate lists of perpetrators of the violence.
He, however, urged students at institutions of learning to end such violent acts saying that there is no justification for inflicting pain on another individual.
“As we remember Batungura Bewotti, we call upon all stakeholders to come together with a common goal of stopping such kinds of tragedies, which simply expose the ideologies we hold. There is no justification whatsoever, for such acts of violence in Universities. We should instead have empathy, care and compassion for one another,” Enanga urged.
“We pledge to continue working with the University in stopping the toxic culture of violence at different campuses; through physical violence education and prevention programs,” he added.
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