SAD: Makerere student dies after he was beaten during curfew hours while on campus
Campus Cam has learned of the unfortunate death of Emmanuel Tegu which occurred at 3 am on Saturday morning while he was nursing injuries from a beating that occurred last Sunday.
According to unverified reports, Emmanuel, a third year student at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and BioSecurity of Makerere University sustained injuries after he was beaten by LDU officers while he prayed late in the night on the university campus.
His friends describe him as a God-fearing person, committed Christian and was a leader of the students fellowship.
Police have however dismissed reports that he was beaten by LDU officers and instead state that he was lynched by a mob.
Below is the official police statement released by Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson.
Police are investigating a homicide incident by a mob action that happened last Sunday at Makerere University Kampala.
At around 11pm last Sunday, police received information from someone that there was a mob action taking place near Lumumba Hall in Makerere University.
The caller said a gathering was beating a suspected thief.The police officers went to the scene and they found unidentified person unconscious and lying on the ground with several injuries.
The police patrol vehicle arrived later and the victim was transported to Mulago Hospital for treatment.Police immediately started investigating circumstances under which the victim was beaten.
Statements have been recorded from the police officers, who responded to the distressed call and other witnesses.Police established that the victim was Emmanuel Tegu, a third year veterinary student at Makerere University in Kampala City.
Unfortunately, the victim has passed on today at 3 am before he could record a statement to give us his last moments.We are yet to find out the reason why he was moving at night at that time, but a murder offence is being vigorously investigated.
There is also fake news milling around that he was beaten by LDUs. No single LDU personnel is deployed at Makerere University. The security of the university is being managed by Police and private security firms.
We condemn mob action and any person found to have participated in the crime will be arrested and prosecuted for taking the law in their own hands.
We call on the members of the community to report all criminal cases to Uganda Police Force for active investigation and prosecution other than taking the law in their hands.SP Patrick Onyango
Kampala Metropolitan Police
His colleagues have however dismissed the police report citing that they are simply covering up to protect their officers from facing the consequences of their actions.
Tegu is a born of Teso region from Bukedea district. He was a son to Sgt. Sam Okwalinga a police officer in Wakiso district. Emmanuel Tegu was a re known university prayer worrier known as ‘Papa’.
He will be laid to rest tomorrow 5th July 2020 at his ancestral home in Kanyum village, Kolir sub county, Bukedea district.
We shall keep you informed about further developments.