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COVID19: Man Dies in Police Cells After Being Arrested for Not Wearing a Mask

Abdul Kaweesi ,40, a resident of Kabukungu Village, was found dead in Kalungu Police Cells on Saturday following his arrest for failing to wear a face in public mask as a measure to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Relatives of the deceased, however, argue that Kaweesi died after being tortured while in detention.

“The information we have indicate that Kaweesi was beaten by the police officers. When he became unconscious, they took him to Kalungu Health Centre III where he received some treatment and he was taken back to the cells where he died,” One of the relatives told press.

Kaweesi’s family members have asked the Inspector General of Police, Mr Martin Okoth Ochola to order for special investigations into the matter, insisting that Kaweesi did not commit suicide as being alleged by police officers.

Last week, the government announced that every person would be required to wear a face mask for as long as they are outside their homes in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus.

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