Thursday April 3 2014

Kayihura orders arrest of ex-Lira DPC over killing



The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has ordered the re-arrest of former Lira District Police Commander in connection to the killing of a Lira Town businesswoman early this year.

Susan Akidi, 34, the owner of Good Lord hardware shop in Lira, was shot dead by armed robbers near her residence at Iredha village in Central Division Lira in January.

Her killing and other cases forced the residents to protest the way the police were handling crime in the area, which led to the suspension of Mr Robert Ssemata, the then DPC, and five other officers for allegedly mismanaging criminal cases.

Mr Ssemata has been under administrative investigation by the Police Professional Standards Unit but Gen Kayihura said they have obtained new evidence linking Mr Ssemata to the murder of Akidi.

“I have received an investigation report indicating that he was involved in the murder of the businesswoman. I have ordered PSU to hand him over to CIID to explain the matter,” Gen Kayihura said.

Ms Grace Akullo, the director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate confirmed they have taken over the case. It isn’t yet clear whether he is to be charged with murder.

The decision comes after the arrest of three people, who were found with the deceased’s mobile phone. The attackers allegedly made off with Shs65 million from the deceased.

Gen Kayihura told the Daily Monitor that Mr Ssemata has disappointed him because he personally defended him before President Museveni whose opinion was not to redeploy him after the Nateete land wrangle incident.

In 2009, President Museveni visited a scene at Nateete where residents were evicted allegedly illegally at night. He personally ordered Mr Ssemata the then officer in-charge of Nateete Station, to be arrested and investigated but later acquitted.