Nixon case investigation incomplete, says State

Tuesday June 5 2018



Nixon Agasirwe

Nixon Agasirwe  

By JALIRA NAMYALO

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nixon Agasirwe was yesterday remanded again pending investigations in connection with accusations of kidnapping another Rwandan national.
Mr Agasirwe is jointly charged with police informer Abdnoor Ssemujju, also known as Minaana, over alleged kidnap of a one Vincent Kaliisa in October 2013 who was deported to Rwanda.
The General Court Martial at Makindye chaired by Gen Andrew Gutti further remanded the duo until June 26 to allow time for the prosecution to conclude investigations.

Prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha told court that investigations into the matter were still ongoing.
“My Lord chairman and members, this case includes people across borders. Some witnesses are within and outside the country. Some have made statements while others have not. It would be unjust to tell when the investigations will be completed,” he submitted.

The suspects through their lawyers led by Mr Chrysostom Katumba, had demanded to know the status of investigations into the matter.
Mr Agasirwe is also among the suspects accused of kidnapping and irregularly repatriating to Rwanda Lt Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, in 2013.
The Israeli-trained commando, who was a registered refugee in Uganda, was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment in Rwanda.

Other suspects in the case are ex-commandant of Police Professional Standards Unit Joel Aguma, AIP Benon Atwebembeire, Sgt Abel Tumukunde, formerly attached to the Police Flying Squad, and ASP James Magada and D/Cpl Amon Kwarisiima attached to Crime Intelligence.
Congolese national Bahati Mugenga Pacifique, aka Illunga Monga, SPC Faisal Katende and Rwandan national Rene Rutagungira are the other suspects.
They are also charged with unlawful possession of ammunitions, including four grenades.
The cases are set for mention today.

About the cases

The State alleges that on October 25, 2013 at Kamengo in Mpigi District on Masaka Road, the suspects while in unlawful possession of firearms and grenades, ordinarily a monopoly of defence forces, conveyed Lt Joel Mutabaazi without his consent to Rwanda. Prosecution further alleges that on the same day, the group also conveyed a one Jackson Karemeera, also known as Ndinga to Rwanda. The state alleges that in October 2017 at Najjera, Kira Municipality in Wakiso District, the suspects were found with ammunitions comprising four grenades which are a monopoly of the defence forces.

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