Inside Story: How Another Muslim Cleric Was Ambushed, Shot Dead In Bugiri
Appalling details have emerged on how suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels ambushed before gunning down another Muslim cleric in Bugiri district on Sunday night.
Eastern Region Police Spokesperson, Samson Lubega, has told Chimpreports that Sheikh Abdul Sentunga Jowad, 40, was shot dead in Namayemba Trading Centre B at around 8:30pm as he walked home to rest.
“After closing his shop, Sentunga of the Salaf sect, was on his way home when some unidentified people actually ambushed him. As he approached where they were hiding, one of them disembarked a motorcycle and shot him thrice,” says Lubega.
“The gunman shot him at close range.”
Lubega says two suspects have been held in connection with the incident.
According to Lubega, Sentunga was later rushed to Natendo Private Clinic in the neighborhood but passed away before setting foot in the theatre due to severe bleeding.
The gunmen sped off on a motorcycle.
The incident came hardly 12 hours after IGP Lt Gen Kale Kayihura told press in Kampala that crime cases were on the decrease in the country. It also brings the number of murdered top Muslim leaders to five in six months.
Some of the top Muslims killed recently include businessman Abu Baker Kiweewa Mohammad who was shot dead at his Prime Supermarket in Kyanja and Sheikh Abdu Karim Sentamu in the city centre.
In August, Hajji Hussein Jjunju of Lwebitakuli in Sembabule district was attacked by armed men and shot several times in the chest and head.
Now, more details obtained by this investigative website indicate that Semuyangu was a beneficiary of the Amnesty Commission on May 20, 2003 after abandoning rebel activities.
He has since been living a low-key life until last night.
Security sources say the circumstances under which Sentunga was murdered are closely related to the shooting in which Abubaker Yunisu died in the same district on the eve of Eid ul fitr this year.
Abubaker Yunisu was ambushed along Sekamajja Road in Bugiri Town Council where gunmen fired several rounds of bullets that took his precious life.
The killers also took off on a motorcycle after leaving Yunisu in a pool of blood.
Kayihura has on several occasions blamed the murders on the works of ADF agents.
And last Thursday, President Yoweri told a UN delegation at his upcountry home in Rwakitura that the murder of four top Muslim clerics in Uganda a few months ago was planned and executed by rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Museveni clarified that the “ADF terrorists” would sneak into the country to exterminate the clerics before returning to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where they have bases.
“I very unhappy with at the continued stay of terrorists in Congo who frequently cross into Uganda and kill innocent people,” said Museveni.
“We can work with Congo and fight them. They have already crossed into Uganda and killed four Sheikhs. I am not happy with this type of situation.”
While Museveni did not mention Sheikhs murdered by ADF,
Museveni expressed anger that despite the presence of MONUSCO and DRC forces in Eastern Congo, ADF continue to train, recruit and restock arms in preparation to attack Uganda.
“The UN is there, Kabila is there, the terrorists are there – to have these terrorists near our borders is not right,” said Museveni.
“Let’s clear the borders so that our people can do trade. These terrorists are interfering with our trade,” Museveni urged his guests.
Rebel leader Jamil Mukulu of the ADF is believed to be in DR Congo and is said to be responsible for masterminding the deaths of various Muslim leaders in the country, according to State House.
Sentunga was laid to rest on Monday afternoon.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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