BY APN Reporter
The Hearing of a case in which the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Dennis Nzeirwe and the Kabale District Police Commander, Dickens Bindeba are accused of torturing the former Kabale University student has on Monday failed to kick off.
Nicholas Byonanebye filed a suit before court through his lawyer, Niwagaba & Mwebesa Advocates. In the suite, Byonanebye accuses the duo of torturing him during a peaceful student’s protest on October 14th 2016.
On the fateful day, Kabale University Students led a procession from the university campus in Kikungiri through Kabale town to the district headquarters demanding to meet the Resident District Commissioner, Darias Nandiinda and LC V Chairperson, Patrick Besigye Keihwa to address their grievances after going for a full month without lectures.
However, upon their arrival at the district headquarters, Bindeeba and Nzeirwe reportedly grabbed Byonanebye and dragged him on the ground before they tortured him until he became unconscious. Police used teargas to disperse the students. They also picked up 13 other students on accusations of holding an illegal assembly. According to Byonanebye, he regained his conscious at Kabale police station where he spent two days in pain.
However, the Kabale Grade one Magistrate Raphuel Vueni, adjourned the case until 11th, January 2018, because his court had no jurisdiction over it, as it can only be heard by the Chief Magistrates Court.
Vueni says that he had no option but to adjourn the case because, the Kabale Chief Magistrate, Moses Ntende Kagoda was of recent transferred to Masaka. He is yet to be replaced. Both Nzeirwe and Bindeeba did not physically turn up before court.
Rachel Lubowa, a State Attorney at Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, who represented the accused, declined to talk to journalists.
Byonanebye’s lawyer, Eron Kiiza of Niwagaba and Mwebesa Advocates said that he is ready to appear before court on 11th January 2018 for the hearing of the case so that the accused are dealt with accordingly.