Police in Kampala are investigating a case in which a former student of Makerere University died after being beaten by students on Sunday night.
David Ojok Otim, a graduate of Computer Science died on Monday morning at Mulago National Referral Hospital where he had been admitted after sustaining serious injuries from the beating.
Eye witnesses told Daily Monitor’s Marvin Kirunda that Ojok was beaten by a group of students from Nkrumah Hall after they suspected him of being a thief.
The DPC Wandegeya Police station Brian Ampaire confirmed the incident and added that one of the students is in custody over the case.
Ojok, a former housemate of Nkrumah Hall is said to have graduated from the institution in 2013 but has since remained in the nearby Kikumikikumi suburb, where he has been operating a stationery shop.
On the fateful day, Ojok had reportedly gone to the Hall to demand for his money from one of the resident students who owed him. According to some of the students who were close to him (Ojok), the debtor, whom they declined to name, had on several occasions eluded Ojok when he came to demand for his money.
As he reportedly walked through the hallway looking for his debtor, the chairman-elect of the hall, Mr Marvin Mutungi, accosted him and asked his identification card. Unfortunately, he didn’t have any.
Mr Mutungi is said to have shouted “thief” thus alerting other students. On realising that the out come of the alarm may not be good news, Ojok reportedly tried to run to save his life but it was too late as the students intercepted him and beat him to near death.
By the time police was called, it was too late for him since he had been badly injured.
“We received a report at about 10:30pm on Sunday that students had arrested someone they suspected to be a thief and they had started beating him. We swung in action and by the time we reached the scene, he had sustained several injuries. We carried him to Mulago Hospital where he died the following day (Monday,” said Mr Ampaire.
Mr Ampaire added that the chairman of the Hall had been arrested for safe custody.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor