Two Arrested for Allegedly Burrying Alive Suspected Mobile Phone Thief in Sheema

Several men have been detained in connection with two separate incidents of torture in Uganda's Kampala and Sheema districts.

In the Sheema district, Evans Kamuhanda and Apollo Kamukama are accused of torturing Charles Amanya on May 28, suspecting him of stealing a mobile phone. According to police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the suspects tied Amanya to a tree, tortured him, and buried him alive in a shallow grave. 

Amanya managed to escape and was found two days later, on May 30, before being taken to the police and then to Bubaare Health Centre for treatment. Kamuhanda and Kamukama now face charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, and torture.

In Kampala, another incident involves Darius Opanya, a private security guard, who allegedly beat an 18-year-old, Isaac Kitooke, accusing him of stealing building materials from a construction site in Nakivubo. 

The incident gained public attention after a video recorded by their colleague, Samuel Azabo, circulated on social media. Following an investigation by Old Kampala police, Opanya and Azabo were arrested. 

Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed that Kitooke has been advised to undergo a comprehensive medical examination to aid the investigation and dismissed rumors that the torturer was a police officer, clarifying that Opanya is a local guard, referred to as "commander Ivan" by the victim. 

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