My Son’s Arrest Worsened His Health–Nadduli

Abdul Nadduli, the former Luwero District Chairman has blamed the death of his son on torture by security agencies. Jakana Sulaiman, 37, died at around 1:30 am on Monday morning on the way to Orient Clinic in Wobulenzi town. 

The body has since been transferred to Mulago National Referral hospital for a postmortem on the directives of the government to establish the cause of death.

Speaking to the media on Monday afternoon, Nadduli who is the former Minister Without Portfolio explained that his son was involved in a nasty motor accident in February this year and underwent an operation for intestinal obstruction at Nsambya hospital. 

He explained that since then, his son has been undergoing treatment and daily reviews but his situation deteriorated when he was arrested in September this year for sectarianism against the Banyankore and Banyarwanda. 

Nadduli says that the security personnel kicked and tortured his son severely in detention, which worsened his ill health.

Jakana’s wife, Aaliyah Kyagaba, says that her husband has been complaining of severe stomach pain resulting from kicking during detention since he was released. “Upon his return home, he couldn’t even stand because of the pain, which escalated due to the torture while in detention,’’ Kyagaba. 

She revealed that on Sunday evening Jakana asked medical workers to administer strong painkillers after experiencing severe pain in the stomach. The State Minister for Kampala Kabuye Kyofatogabye said that the government has directed that a postmortem is done to clear the air on the cause of Jakana’s death. 

It came after Nadduli and local leaders blamed Jakana’s death on his torture while in detention during his visit to Jakana’s home at Lusenke zone in Wobulenzi town council. Former Presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye called on the citizens to condemn arbitrary arrests and torture of people during detention.

Jakana’s body was yet to arrive at Kaddunda village in Kapeeka sub-county, Nakaseke where he is expected to be buried at 4 pm by the time of filing this story. Hundreds of mourners were still pouring at the home to pay their final respect to Jakana and condole with his father Nadduli.

Jakana was granted bail on September 21, 2022, and he was supposed to re-appear in court on November 16, 2022. Jakana was accused of recording and uploading a video on YouTube, which promotes sectarianism against Banyankole and Banyarwanda contrary to section 41(1) of the penal code act. 

He contested for the Nakaseke Central Parliamentary seat but lost the polls to Allan Mayanja Ssebunya. Jakana has been a strong critic of the NRM government for allegedly sidelining his father.

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