CID probing murder of Kampala Driver

Kampala driver

The Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has opened inquiries into circumstances under which a driver with Dembe Trading Enterprises in Kampala was reportedly tortured to death.

The deceased has been identified as Mohammed Mahad, a driver at Dembe Trading Enterprises Limited, a distribution company located in Industrial Area, Kampala.

He died last week, Wednesday after a scuffle involving his employers and a number of security guards.

Preliminary findings from Jinja-Road Police Division, indicate that the driver was quizzed about missing merchandise worth Sh2 million and when he failed to explain or deliver the money as requested, one of the company directors handed him to security guards who pounced on him like angry lions.

Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said the police was called in for intervention.

However, the victim was already unconscious and died upon arrival at Mulago Hospital on the same night.

Owoyesigire says that the police have already arrested four security guards who were involved in the incident on the orders of the company director Zia Uwera.

These include John Nambulu, a driver at Senaca Security Company, Gideon Odeke, Adrapi Muzamiru and Maurice Atuhaire, all security guards at Dembe Trading Enterprises Limited.

Although the guards have denied torturing the deceased, claiming that he collapsed inside the company premises, as they attempted to arrest him, the postmortem report shows that he was beaten before his death, according to Owoyesigire.

He said the case file has since been transferred from Jinja Road police to Kibuli CID headquarters for further investigations, following the profile of the case, and the company director implicated has been summoned to record a statement.

The Chairman General National Organization of Trade Unions-NOTU Usher Wilson Owere has called upon the government to take action against Dembe Trading Enterprises, saying that they top the list of companies that harass workers in the country.

“Dembe Distribution is among the organization that has abused the rights of workers for a long time. This is not acceptable we want government this time to take action if not, we workers are ready to take them on. I’m calling upon the relevant Authorities of Uganda to investigate the business dealings of Ddembe. Owere said.”

Efforts to get a comment from the Dembe Trading Enterprises are still futile.

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