Police is holding 10 individuals in connection to the death of Emmanuel Tegu, a third year veterinary student at Makerere University, who was recently allegedly murdered by mob action.
On Saturday, police said at around 11pm on Sunday June 28, they received information from someone that there was a mob action taking place near Lumumba Hall in Makerere University.
Using a telephone, the caller said a gathering was beating a suspected thief and when officers reached the scene, they found a person they later identified as Emmanuel Tegu 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 but unfortunately passes on on Saturday July 4 at 3am, before he could record a statement to give his last moments.
Police has since been investigating circumstances under which the victim was beaten and trying to establish why he was moving at night at that time.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, SP Patrick Onyango, said “a murder offence is being vigorously investigated” and that statements from the police officers who responded to the distressed call and other witnesses had been recorded.
Today, Monday, Onyango revealed police had carried out an intelligence led operation that led to the arrest of 10 suspects.
He noted that all the suspects are residents of Makerere University in Kampala and are currently detained at Wandegeya Police Station pending interrogation.
“The suspects whose identities will be disclosed after interrogation, are said to have participated in the mob action that led to the death of the student,” Onyango said on Monday.
He says there are other suspects who are on the run after receiving information of the death of the student. These, he said are being pursued by the security teams.
Last year’s annual crime report indicates that by the end of 2019, a total of 746 cases of murder by mob action were reported compared to 636 cases reported in 2018, giving an increase of 17.2%. Victims of mob action were mainly suspected to have committed offences like theft, robbery, murder, witchcraft and burglary thus making suspects (mob) to take law into their own hands.
A total of 773 persons were lynched, out of whom, 749 were male adults, 17 were female adults, 05 were male juveniles and 02 were female juveniles.