Clinical Officer nabbed over murder charge

The Police in Lyantonde district have arrested Joseph Rusisira, a clinical officer, who allegedly burnt to death one of his casual workers.

The 45-year-old clinician is said to have suspected Lawrence Ssebuuma (37) to have been a thief but it later turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

The dreadful incident occurred in August 2017 at Kabayanda village in Lyantonde Sub County where Rusisira worked as the in-charge of Kabayanda Health Centre II.

It is said that Rusisira with his accomplices dragged Ssebuuma out of a local bar accusing him of stealing a sack of coffee from his store.

They then pounced on him with clubs before tying him with ropes and hanged him on a pole.
Rusisira douse the suspect’s clothes with petrol and lit him up in the presence of Tanansi Ssemiiro, the Kabayanda Local Council (LCI) chairperson.

Police arrived at the scene and immediately arrested Ssemiro (LCI) and John Mayanja for aiding and concealing the crime.

Ssebuuma to Lyantonde hospital in very critical condition as locals mounted a search for Rusisira who they wanted to lynch for his cruelty.

They insisted Ssebuuma was an innocent man since on the day theives broke into Rusisira’s coffee store, Ssebuuma was not at the village.

Rusisira went into hiding but agitated residents put the police on pressure to pursue him.

After a month in hiding, Rusasira was arrested, and by then, charged with attempted murder since Ssebuuma was still alive.

He was produced in Lyantonde Grade One Magistrates court and later remanded to Masaka Prison. Few months after, was released on bail.

In the process Ssebuuma’s condition deteriorated. The burnt parts including the chest, stomach and genitals kept rotting in spite of the treatment offered.

After close to four months, doctors referred him to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for further attention but they discharged them few weeks after.

In July 2018, Ssebuuma succumbed to the painful condition at his mother’s home sparking off fresh protests. Rusisira again went into hiding for two months until recently when police rearrested him.

The deceased’s mother Leokadia Nakate said that they were too poor to afford the necessary treatment to save him.