105 suspects arrested over city murders

At least 105 suspects are detained in various facilities around Kampala in relation to the high-profile killings that rocked the country since December 2014.

Police chiefs on Thursday told members of Parliament’s Defence and Internal Affairs committee that the 105 suspects are those believed to have participated in nine high-profile murders in the city.

In connection to last month’s murder of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Muhammad Kirumira and Resty Nnalinya Mbabazi, Police have so far arrested 9 suspects, although the director of the Criminal Investigations Dorectorate (CID) Grace Akullo said she can only account for one suspect, Abubaker Kalungi, who was charged before the Wakiso Grade One magistrate Martin Kirya.

The MPs were also told that no arrests have been made in connection to the June 8 murder of former Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga.

AIGP Assan Kasingye told the lawmakers that the police were still conducting a forensic audit of the exhibits that were found at the scene of crime with a view of identifying the suspects.

The police have also failed to make any arrests in connection to the March 30, 2015 assassination of former Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi.

Police said that they are still following on some specific leads that could lead them to the main suspect.

As regards the March 17, 2017 murder of former police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Kasingye told the MPs thag so far, eight suspects had been committed to the High Court as is the case with the seven suspects in the murder of Maj Muhammad Kiggundu and his bodyguard Sgt Steven Mukasa.

In relation to February 2018 murder of Susan Magara, nine suspects have been remanded to prison but some three others are still at large.

Police also claimed credit for the 17 suspects that are facing trial before the High Court in connection to the infamous murder of 23 women in Nansana Municipality and Katabi Town Council in Entebbe.

Kasingye however said that they are yet to conclude investigations into Sheikh Abubakar Muhammad Kiwewa’s murder, more than six years since he was gunned down at his supermarket at Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb.

A single suspect is in prison on remand over the murder.

The police also reported that they had successfully prosecuted the murder cases of Sheikhs Ibrahim Kirya and Mustafa Bahiga in the High Court where six of the 11 suspects who were arrested got convicted.

Most of the 38 suspects that were arrested after the killings of Sheikhs Yunus Mudungu, Abdul Ssentugga and Abdulqadir Muwaya have their cases standing at pre-trial stage at the High Court.

Five suspects were arrested in relation to the death of two foreign nationals Terasvouri Thomas (Finish) and Sebastiano Axel a Swedish at two Kampala hotels early this year.