Sunday March 8 2015

Busoga killings: Suspects returned to scene of crime



Detectives are to take several suspects so far arrested in the Busoga Sub-region shootings of Muslim clerics, a local council official and police officers, back to the scenes of crime to show them how they carried out the alleged crimes.

The Police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, said the reconstruction of scenes of crime could take two or three days before the suspects are arraigned in court on different charges.

“We are taking those who shot the LC3 chairman of Buyinja Sub-county, Namayingo, Tito Okware, first. We shall then take those who killed our police officers second. It is very important in our investigations to know how the incidents unfolded,” Mr Enanga said yesterday.

At least 18 suspects, including Bukooli South MP Mayende Stephen Dede, and Namayingo Town Council Mayor Daniel Wanyama, are being held on charges related to the murder of the Muslim clerics, police officers and the LC3 official.

Mr Dede was arrested on Thursday evening.
Police say the suspects are part of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces led by Jamil Mukulu and another group led by Dr Aggrey Kiyingi.

Dr Kiyingi denies being a member or a supporter of any rebel group.

On Friday, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, said police had recovered seven guns and 105 bullets in an operation in the last two months.

Some of the guns, he said, were used in the killing of Sheikh Abdul Kadir Muwaya, Okware and two policemen.

Sheikh Muwaya was shot dead on Christmas day last year in Mayuge District, and on February 2, armed men shot dead Okware at his home in Namayingo District.

In Bugiri District last month, armed men attacked two police officers – Constable Muzamir Babale and Special Police Constable Karim Tenywa – who were returning from duty, shot them dead and made off with their rifles.

This prompted President Museveni to visit the area and order a special investigation.