The journalist at CMTV, Samuel Wazizi, who was arrested last Friday by elements of the Muea 3rd District Police Station, has been transfered to the 21st Motorised Infantry Battalion under very obscure circumstances.
Wednesday morning, Barrister Edward Lyonga Ewule, counsel for the accused made another appearance at the Muea Police Station to establish the then state of affairs in the case proceedings. As he puts it, he was informed by the investigator that the case had far developed and Samuel Wazizi would be transfered to the South West Judicial Police.
Pre-emptively, the counsel surfaced at the announced venue in wait for the transfer of his client. After waiting for hours, he says he was “shocked, awed and bemused when he called back the Muea police station and was informed that the case file of the accused was dully destined for the South West Judicial Police but some men in uniform appeared at the police station heralding high instructions from administrative authorities to the effect that Wazizi should be transfered to the dreaded 21ème BIM.”
Having waited for long hours, the lawyer, as he put it, got to the Chief of South West Judicial Police who concurred he was waiting for the Muea police station case file. It is reported that even the chief of the judicial police was stunned by the information that Wazizi had been taken to the Motorised Infantry Battalion who by our findings from various legal minds and police agents, have no investigative character in a case neither are they supposed to have cells for regular detention.
Other quarters even pointed to the fact that the BIM is more accustomed to corporal punishment which suggests that he could be under severe torture. By the time lawyers left the headquarters of the judicial police, the counsel, Bar Edward Lyonga Ewule, resiliently stayed back to establish other finest issues in the case.
The unanswered question is: “If the Muea Police Station elected according to the criminal procedure code to transfer Wazizi to the South West Judicial Police, what prompted the flying off the tangent to transfer him to a military service like BIM?”