CMI officers arrested over Shs500m robbery

Sunday May 10 2015

By FREDERIC MUSISI

Kampala.

Three military intelligence officers have been arrested by the army on charges of robbing an Asian businessman of Shs528m at gunpoint.

Capt Jonas Mushabe and Capt Peter Mushabe Kashaija were arrested two weeks ago by Military Intelligence operatives and are being detained at the Land Forces headquarters at Bombo. Another soldier, Sgt Moses Nayebare, who has been a bodyguard of a prominent city businessman, was also arrested.

How it was stolen
The money was stolen at gunpoint by men dressed in military uniform after the Asian businessman had withdrawn it from Bank of Baroda on Jinja Road in the first week of April. We could not establish the exact date of the robbery as police remained cagey. The arrested soldiers have also been implicated in a number of daring armed robberies in Kampala where the victims were shot dead, according to sources.

The UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, confirmed the arrests but said the group is bigger and the army was still hunting others, who are on the run.

“I think two were arrested but we are still tracing the whereabouts of three others,” Lt Col Ankunda said before referring this reporter to police.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, too, confirmed the arrests and said the matter was being handled by the army and the suspects were in detention at Bombo Army Barracks awaiting trial in the court martial.

Military sources say the suspects had earlier been released but President Museveni ordered their re-arrest two weeks ago to face trial in the court martial. The army sources said Galil rifles were used during the robbery missions, which narrowed investigations to specific units of the armed forces.

Galil rifles are sophisticated Israeli-made guns, which are a preserve of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence personnel and the inner security circle of the Special Forces Command, the presidential guard unit.

More investigations

Sources further said Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence is also investigating the suspects in connection with another armed robbery of $350,000 (about Shs1b) from a Chinese road construction company in Kampala. It is said the money was stolen from a cashier at Kajjansi on Entebbe Road at gunpoint by three armed men three weeks ago.

After the robbery, the gangsters reportedly disagreed on sharing of their loot and one of them was shot dead by his colleagues in Munyonyo, a city outskirt.

When the Chinese construction company was contacted to confirm the robbery, the company’s spokesperson refused to be drawn into the matter, saying they preferred to speak about the progress of the road construction.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, too, could not confirm or deny the incident, again referring this newspaper to the army, which he said is handling the matter. Lt Ankunda said the army was making all-round nvestigations.

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