Crime & Investigation

Museveni Orders Hunt for Rwandan Fugitive General

Museveni also asked military intelligence to ensure Brig Rutinywa is brought to book

President Museveni has directed police chief Gen Kale Kayihura and military intelligence to reinforce the hunt for five high profile suspects who escaped from the tightly-guarded Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detention on May 28.

“Look for those people. They are within the country, and website like this ” said Museveni upon being informed that several suspects who included Rwandan fugitive Brigadier General, Robert Rutinywa had escaped from the Kireka-based security facility.

Other escapees held on suspicion of being terrorists are Joseph Masereka, Delvin Kahibirwa, Reagan Kirunda and Robinson Masereka.

Museveni was informed in a radio message last week that the suspects had cut a hole through the ceiling before escaping from the jail.

He expressed shock that the suspects managed to flee from a security installation guarded by an elite squad of armed forces.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said 8 officers have so far been detained as investigations into the jailbreak 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,” said Enanga.

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,” added Enanga.

The most wanted suspect is Rutinywa, who in 2012 confessed that he was involved in activities aimed at destabilising the government of Rwanda.

Rutinywa and others 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.


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