A dark cloud of sorrow and trauma hovered over Kampala High Court on Tuesday afternoon as a police officer narrated events that preceded the blood-spattered July 11, buy 2010 bombings at Lugogo and Ethiopian Village restaurant in Kabalagala.
45-year-old Bernard Tagoya told court presided over by Justice Alphonse Owinyi-Dollo that in 2010 he was attached to Jinja Road Police Station as a deployment officer whose duty was to ensure that he oversaw operations of officers stationed in particular areas under his jurisdiction.
Tagoya told court that as a routine, sildenafil he deployed 15 officers at Rugby Grounds in Lugogo at around 6:00pm and later joined them at around 8:00 pm considering it was the final day of the World Cup where many people would gather to watch the match.
“Our (police) work was taking charge of the parking area of the venue as K.K Security Company was mandated to man all the entrances and check whoever entered, buy ” Tagoya told court.
“As I entered, I moved around to check on the security details and realized the organizers had prepared a fireworks display yet they had not got permission from police but we later sorted it out after communicating with the then DPC Chemonges Seiko.”
The police officer who is now attached to Kidepo region as the logistics officer narrated that at around 9:00pm the fireworks went on successfully but towards the end of the second half of the match, there was a scuffle at the entrance that necessitated him to intervene before taking charge of the situation.
Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe reports the police officer told court he returned to the grounds but stood in the middle of the crowd to keep an eye on the excited audience.
“Meanwhile, the presenter said it was only 3 minutes to the end of the match. It was at this time that I heard a heavy blast from my right hand side. There was a nasty smell plus blood smelling all over the place,” Tagoya narrated.
“I took cover and I immediately smelt gunpowder. I then realized it was a bomb and I told people to take cover. Many listened to me while others didn’t.”
The police officer told court that after about 2 minutes another blast went off but this was heavier than the first one.
“There were screams everywhere with many people in their seats and I thought they were still alive. I moved in to see if they were still breathing because the blast was too heavy that it could not leave a normal human being seated,” he revealed.
The witness told court that at this moment he tried reaching out to the people seated in their chairs only to realise he was touching motionless bodies.
Witness Breaks Down
“I flashed the torch on my phone but what I saw made me traumatized. I saw blood and flesh scattered around the whole area. When I moved towards where the blast had taken off, I found a left palm on one side, the head and legs on the other side,” Tagoya narrated as he broke down into tears.
The witness said the entire place was full of blood and human flesh and the experience was so horrible that he had to call the Jinja Road police station DPC for assistance.
According to Tagoya, DPC arrived with the ambulance thus evacuating casualties to Mulago Referral Hospital.
“In the process of trying to secure lives of casualties, two of them died in my hands. I carried more than 50 people to the ambulance but all this time I was in total shock.”
Tagoya told court he helped carry more than 40 dead bodies without heads, eyes and with protruding intestines onto a truck to the mortuary at Mulago.
He stayed at the scene up to 7:00 am the following day when he went back home to freshen up and change clothes as they had all been soaked in blood.
The witness told court he was psychologically tortured by the incidents on the fateful day and hat he prays such a thing never happens in his life again.
“I was traumatized that up to now I don’t eat meat nor do I socialize or go to areas with huge crowds. I keep on getting nightmares but I pray I don’t witness a similar incident till I die,” Tagoya told court presided over by Justice Owinyi Dollo.
The case was adjourned to tomorrow Wednesday for further hearing.
Thirteen people Hassan Luyima, Hussein Hassan Agade, Idris Magondu, Mohamed Hamid Suleiman and Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia are charged with offences among others including terrorism, murder and being part of the Al Shabaab terrorist group.
Other suspects thought to have planned and executed the 2010 bombings include Habib Suleiman Njoroge, Isa Ahmed Luyima, Abubaker Batematoy, Dr. Ismail Kalule and Suleiman Hijar Nyamandondo.
The President of UEFA, pill http://chicken33.com/commande/wp-includes/category.php Michel Platini, http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-includes/class-wp-simplepie-sanitize-kses.php has Wednesday announced his intention to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency.
In a letter sent to the presidents and general secretaries of the 209 member associations of world football’s governing body, http://davepallone.com/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php he said: “This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future.”
According to a statement from Fufa which ChimpSport has seen, Mr Platini further said, “I was also guided by the esteem, support and encouragement that many of you have shown me.”
This comes high on the heels of FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s announcement that he would step down amid a corruption probe into the world football governing body.
Platini on Wednesday pledged that he would work tirelessly “in the interests of football”.
“There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands,” he said. “I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA.”
Michel Platini, who has been President of UEFA since 2007 and a member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 2002, added: “During this last half-century or so, FIFA has only had two presidents. This extreme stability is something of a paradox in a world that has experienced radical upheavals and in a sport that has undergone considerable economic change. However, recent events force the supreme governing body of world football to turn over a new leaf and rethink its governance.”
The UEFA President said that in recent months, he had defended his ideas and proposals “to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves.”
Candidatures must be submitted by 26 October 2015.
The election will take place at an Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on 26 February 2016.
The former French coach highlighted his aspiration to unite world football by bringing the continental confederations together and offering all national associations a common cause – “listening to everyone and respecting the diversity of the game around the world.”
He said he was standing as a candidate “with enthusiasm and conviction, but also with the humility of someone who knows that he cannot succeed on his own.”
“I am counting on your support and our common love of football so that, together, we can give the tens of millions of football fans the FIFA that they want: a FIFA that is exemplary, united and shows solidarity, a FIFA that is respected, liked and of the people.”