By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola says the country has regained some stability despite high profile murders dating back to 2012.
The IGP was on Thursday afternoon updating the country on the progress of investigations into the killings of high profile personalities, with the most recent one being former Buyende District Police Commander, Muhammad Kirumira. Kirumira was gunned down near his home in Bulenga on September 8 together with his female friend, Resty Nalinya Mbabazi.
Addressing the media at the Ministry of Internal Affairs IGP Ochola said, “Generally, the security in the country is calm and as a result there is remarkable political, social and economic stability. However, in spite of the general stability, the Uganda Police Force (UPF) continues to register pockets of criminality especially in Kampala Metropolitan Policing Area and isolated incidents in other parts of the country.”
“The UPF(Uganda Police Force) re -assures the general public that it will continue to coordinate with other sister agencies, Directorate of Public Prosecutions and Judiciary to fast track all the criminal cases and ensure that the suspects are apprehended and produced in courts of law,” Ochola emphasized.
He revealed that investigations are ongoing, adding that nine suspects have so far been arrested over the murder of former Buyende District Police Commander ASP Muhammad Kirumira and Resty Mbabazi Alias Nalinya.
Abubaker Kalungi, one of the suspects in the case was today (Thursday) arraigned before the Wakiso Magistrate’s Court and charged with murder.
IGP Ochola added that a forensic audit is ongoing with a view of identifying the suspects in the murder of former Arua Municipality legislator, Ibrahim Abiriga and Pte. Kongo Saidi. Abiriga together with his brother and body guard were killed on 08/06/2018 at Kawanda Kaayi Zone, Nabweru Sub County in Wakiso District.
On the murder of Joan Namazzi Kagezi that occurred on 30th March 2015, Mr. Ochola said there are specific leads being followed regarding the main suspect. He said Seven suspects were arrested and have been committed to High Court for trial over the murder of Major Mohammed Kiggundu and Sgt Mukasa Steven which occurred on the 26th, November 2016 in Masanafu trading center, Rubaga division, Kampala district.
On the murder of former Police Spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Cpl Erau Kenneth and C/Drv Wambewa Godfrey which occurred on 17th March 2017 in Kulambiro, Kampala district, Ochola said eight suspects were committed to High Court for trial.
Nine suspects have been remanded to prison and 3(three) suspects are still on the run over the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara that occurred on 7th and 27th February2018 respectively. Magara, a cashier at her father's Bwendero Diary Farm Procurement Office along Kabakanjagala Road in Kampala was murdered at Kitiko Birongo village, Kajjansi Urban Division, Wakiso district. She was murdered after three weeks in captivity.
The IGP said that five suspects were charged to Court and the case is on mention over the death of Terasvouri Thomas Juha Peterri, a Finish national that occurred on 06/02/2018 at Pearl of Africa Hotel.
On the murders of women in Nansana and Katabi town council which occurred between the months of May and September 2017, in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso district and Katabi in Entebbe, IGP Ochola said 17(Seventeen) suspects have been committed to High Court for trial.
“Eleven suspects were charged with terrorism and murder in the War Crimes Division of the High Court over the murder of Sheikh Ibrahim Kirya and Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga that occurred on 28/12/2014 in Bwebajja,” Ochola noted adding, “Six of the eleven accused persons were convicted of Terrorism but acquitted of murder. They are currently serving their sentence in Luzira Prison," he revealed.
On the murders and aggravated robberies in greater Masaka that occurred between January 2017 and January 2018 in the diverse places of Masaka, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Lwengo and Ssembabule Districts, IGP said a total of 13 Murder cases were registered and 24 Aggravated Robberies in the same period across the region.
“Investigations led to the arrest of Galiwango Musa alias Bilibonwa Moses and five others suspects. The suspects were charged with several counts of Murder and Aggravated Robbery and are currently on remand," he added.
Thirty Eight suspects were arrested and charged to court on charges of murder, terrorism, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and belonging to ADF terrorist group over the murder of Sheikhs and other prominent persons in Busoga and Eastern region which occurred between 2012 and 2015.
“Among the suspects is Jamil Mukulu the leader of ADF, Mohammed Matovu alias Mark Ssebaduka and Umar Mutuka. The accused persons are on remand and the cases are at pretrial stage in the High court,” Mr. Ochola said.