Gen. Kayihura Accused of   ‘Buying’ Witnesses to Pin Sheikh Kamoga

Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura

Defense lawyers have accused the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura of promising to pay huge sums of money to witnesses to pin suspects in the Muslim cleric’s murder case.

Thirty two people are accused of masterminding the late 2014 and 2015 killings of Muslim clerics including Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga, salve (Bwebajja) Sheikh Abdhukhadir  Ductor Muwaya (Mayuge) and Sheikh Hassan Kirya(Bweyogerere).

The suspects include Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, Sheikh Siraje Kawooya, Abdulsalam, Abdulhamid Sematimba, Rashid Jingo, Twaha Sekkitto, Yusuf Kakande alias Abdallah, Sheikh Murta Mudde Bukenya, Kakim Kinene Muswaswa, Muzamilu Kasawuli, Arafa Serunjoji, Badru Bukenya, Alex Okot, Joseph Olanya, and Amir Kinene.

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Others are Charles Okidi, Sheikh Fahad Kalungi,  Pte Arajab Mubaje, Aisha Nakasibante,  Issa Matanda,  Abdul Ratif Byamukama, Asadu Ssemwongerere, Yusuf Sentamu, Solomon Kibirige, Safiyi Wadwali,  Swafi Shafi, Hamuza Kasirye, , Robert Bampikye, Muhamadi Kalodo, Musa Isa Mubiru, Ismail Ssentongo and Iga George William.

On Monday morning, the defense lawyers Fred Muwema, Yusuf Nsibambi, Ladislas Rwakafuuzi and Twaha Mayanja told court that some of the suspects have on many occasions been taken out of Luzira prison where they are remanded to Nalufenya police station where they are asked to pin some of their fellow suspects.

“Yunus Sentamu was taken and paraded before the Inspector General of Police where he was asked to pin Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi to have been involved in subversive activities and was promised rewards like money,” Rwakafuuzi told court.

Another defense lawyer Twaha Mayanja added to the claims by Rwakafuuzi, mentioning Amir Kinene, Ismail Ssentongo and Musa Mubiru among those arm-twisted by the IGP to implicit their fellow suspects.

“There is ongoing intimidation of accused persons premised on money, houses and freedom. Some of the accused persons have been forced to make additional statements to pin Sheikh Yunus Kamoga,” Mayanja said.

He said that on several occasions the suspects with notice to their lawyers have been taken out of Luzira prison and forced to make additional statements by police asking for protection of the accused persons by court.

State Defends Self

The state through the prosecutors however defended itself insisting that nothing of the sort ever happened.

“We condemn such acts if they ever happened. We don’t have as prosecution any additional evidence as listed by the defense lawyers and we don’t intend to rely on it,” the lead prosecutor Richard Kamuli told court.

The panel of judges including Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Percy Tuhaise and Jane Kiggundu warned the Prison authorities against allowing anyone to take the suspects out of the confines of Luzira, as it is illegal.

“If such a thing happens and you (prisons) keep quiet, you will be held accountable. If anybody wants to take suspects out, they ought to get permission from court and get and order in that regard,” Justice Muhanguzi warned.

Earlier, the defense lawyers had complained to court that one of the suspects, Robert Bampikye was missing, and demanded that prison authorities explain his whereabouts.

The judges compelled the prison warders to explain to court that the suspect had not been able  to appear in  court after the vehicle he was being brought in from Nakasongola government prison had developed mechanical problems.

The furious judges further warned prison authorities that suspects should only be detained in places as ordered by court.

“If any person wants to change the facility where the suspects are detained, this should be informed to court earlier and an order is granted,” the judges warned.



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