Lieutenant Godfrey Musisi, an Internal Security Organisation (ISO) operative who once made news for beating President Yoweri Museveni’s security detail while in possession of a loaded pistol during a COMESA summit in Kampala, is back in the news and this time is crying out for help from Ugandans to come to his aid saying he is ‘silently dying’ from pain allegedly inflicted on him by police officers.
Musisi, 67, who works as a Covert Operative in the office of the ISO Director General was arrested on June 3 by officers of the Uganda Police Flying Squad on allegations of trying to murder the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) Executive Director, Dr. Kenneth Ofosu-Barko.
Another allegation against Lt Musisi is that he had hired a pistol to a city robber but after the latter was netted in action, the gun was traced back to ISO.
But this has not deterred Lt Musisi, who is currently on the sick bed at a private hospital after he was removed from Mulago National Referral Hospital for fear of being harmed, is demanding for compensation through his lawyers, accusing the police flying squad of torturing him and inflicting serious bodily harm.
“When they arrested me, I was pushed onto a wall and they asked me to handle over the magazines. They then asked me why I wanted to kill a person. The arresting officer tried to shoot me but the bullet wasn’t released and the following day he told me so and added that I was a witch doctor,” Musisi, who is no stranger to controversy, said.
Ironically, it is Musisi’s controversial military and crime background that prompted the police to act the way it did, police Spokesperson Fred Enanga says.
“Considering his military background and previous crime record, there were combined attempts by the Flying Squad as well as the Police detectives at Kampala Metropolitan to ensure that he is actually subdued,” Enanga said.
Mr Enanga added: “He (Lt. Musisi) used a high level of force while resisting arrest. We used reasonable force to subdue him following investigations that linked him to the attempted murder of the executive director of a local NGO; so by any means we had to arrest him.”
Lt Musisi’s influence and reportedly dubious past especially after he was arrested near President Museveni, was best demonstrated in 2014 when he framed Major Herbert Muramagi, then head of Marine at ISO, claiming his superior was in possession of a highly poisonous hyena’s liver that he intended to use to poison senior security officers and prominent politicians.
But this assertion was scientifically discredited, prompting then Chairman of the General Court Martial Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga (RIP) to acquit Maj Muramagi.
Meanwhile, Lt. Musisi was recently reported to Police for attempted murder after he tossed a grenade to his neighbour in Namugongo, after the duo had an argument over piece of land. It is not known what happened to the case.
But according to Mr Enanga, Lt Musisi, who is considered an aide to the ISO Director General Brig Ronnie Balya shouldn’t get involved in acts that threaten the lives of unarmed civilians.