Crime & Investigation

8 Ugandan Cops Arrested Over Rwandan General’s escape

Dickens Otim and Isaac Omedo lifted their first tour playing as a team during the 2nd leg of the Castle Lite National Beach Volleyball Tour at Lido Beach Entebbe on Sunday.

The two outclassed the pairing of Isaac Ongom/ Mbonyuwantuma Jean Luc (Rwandan) by two straight sets of 21-15 and 23-21. The duo had registered the same kind of results in the earlier stage, medical thrashing Kathbert  Malinga (Uganda U21) and Elias Isiagi  2-0 [24-22, discount 21-14] in the semifinals.

The other Finalists pair of Ivan Ongom & Jean Luc Mbonyuwontuma progressed to the final after beating Deo Nsereko and Henry Bbaale in semifinals by a similar 2-0.

The two-day event was grossly affected by the rising water levels at the beach, this forcing the event organizers to drop the second round phase and entered directly into the semifinals stage due to the increased water level at the beach.

The usable courts were reduced from four to only two; one each for the men and women.  The circumstantial clause of the National Tour regulations was activated and the mode of play changed in preliminaries; The men played best of three of 15 points while women went for best of two same as the third place playoffs. The best of three of 21 rule was used in the semifinals and finals respectively.

In the women’s category, duo of Christine Alupo and Peace Busingye scooped the prize after seeing off the new pair of Eunice Amuron & Sharon Pajije in another two straight sets of 21-12 and 21-16.

They had earlier beaten Diana Agaba Businge and Saidat Nnungi in the semifinals by 2-0 (21-13, 21-11) while their fellow finalists secured the last slot by comprehensively and convincingly thrashing the partnership of Lillian Wanjiku (Kenyan) and Moreen Kashemire (2-0) 21-07, 21-06. A total of 39 teams took part in the two day tour,
At least 8 police officers have been arrested following last week’s jail break that saw a Rwandan Brigadier General, Robert Rutinywa and four other high profile inmates escape from the tightly-guarded Special Investigations Unit (SIU) police barracks in Kireka, Kampala.

Reports that the inmates who included suspected high profile criminals – Joseph Masereka, Delvin Kahibirwa, Reagun Kirunda and Robinson Masereka escaped from the facility whose security is water-tight, sparked off fears of support by officials at SIU.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said “four of the suspects were suspected terrorists and the other (Ritinywa) was a suspected fugitive.”

He pointed out that, “The suspects took time and planned their mission. They dug a hole in the ceiling before cutting the roof top and then used it as an escape route.”

“The 8 police officers have been arrested as investigations proceed. Some of them may have aided the escape of the suspects because at the time the incident took place, 4 of them were on duty.”

The suspects are thought to have escaped between 1:00am and 3:00am on May 28.

“We are doing whatever it takes to see that these suspects are apprehended. We have their details and we hope to find them any time from now,” said Enanga.

Rutinywa and his fellow suspected fugitives – Capt. Charles Sibo and Anthony Rugigana, were arrested in 2012 by the military intelligence at the border town of Kihiihi while on their way into the DRC.

Departed UPDF 2nd division Commander Brig. Patrick Kankiriho told ChimpReports in 2012 that the suspects confessing to having harboured plans of destabilising Rwanda.

“When we arrested them, they pleaded guilty to have been involved in rebel activities in Nakivale camp,” said Kankiriho.

“We were very clear to them that Uganda is a country that follows the rule of law. We told them that they would be charged in courts of law. That’s the part we played,” observed Kankiriho.

They were charged with illegal entry at a court in Kabale.

Rutinywa, who denied being a Rwandan, would later find himself jailed at SIU headquarters in Kireka where he had spent three years until the early morning hours of May 28.

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