Ugandan family seeks Shs 15m to return son’s body killed in Egyptian police cells

Ugandan family seeks Shs 15m to return son's body killed in Egyptian police cells
Luwero District Kadhi Ramadhan Mulindwa on phone condoling his mother over the death of Mukasa

Luwero, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | A Luwero family is urgently seeking financial assistance to repatriate the remains of their son, Ahmad Mukasa Nsanja, who was purportedly fatally assaulted while in Egyptian police custody.

In 2019, 30-year-old Mukasa traveled to Cairo, Egypt and reportedly secured a scholarship to study at Alazhar University. However, on December 27, 2023, the family lost contact with him, prompting a search for his whereabouts.

Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Luwero District Kadhi, revealed that on January 5, 2024, the Ugandan Embassy in Egypt communicated the tragic news that Mukasa had died in the First Settlement Police Station cells. He had been arrested for lacking a visa at the time.

Mulindwa explained that although Mukasa possessed a visa, it was not with him when he was apprehended. The embassy informed the family that Mukasa was allegedly beaten to death in Egyptian police custody and urged them to raise Shs 15 million for the transportation of his remains.

The family has appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for assistance in seeking justice and repatriating Mukasa’s body. Currently, they have gathered only Shs 3 million out of the required Shs 15 million.

Nusurah Nalwoga, Mukasa’s mother, expressed her anguish over her son’s unclear demise. Hussein Kato Sebwato, the deceased’s brother, revealed that Mukasa had informed him about the operations to apprehend foreigners without visas on December 22, 2023, and advised him to stay vigilant.

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Sebwato, who survived an abduction in Egypt in 2020, shared that in a letter dated January 5, 2024, the district prosecutor, Ismail Hafeez, ordered an investigation into two suspects—Noor Muhammad Ali Abdulalbaky and Muhammad Sharif Salaama Alsobby—in connection with Mukasa’s death.

Hafeez mandated a postmortem on Mukasa and urged prosecution of those responsible. The police chief was tasked with informing Uganda’s embassy and the family, along with providing a detailed report on the matter. The investigation is ongoing under file number 247/2024.