Sheikh Bahiga Blamed His Shooting on Religion – Witness

Hearing of the case where Tabliq Leader sheikh Yunus Kamoga and 13 others are facing murder and terrorism charges resumed Wednesday at the Kampala High Court with three more prosecution witnesses testifying.

These are accused of murdering Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga and Sheikh Hassan Kirya.

State witness number 11, discount was a 28 year old doctor (names withheld) working at Namulundu Health center who administered first aid to the late Sheikh Bahiga after he was shot in Bwebajja.

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In his testimony before the International War Crimes Division Court Judges, treatment the Doctor said Bahiga was brought at the health center in critical condition dressed in a blood stained kanzu, side effects bleeding profusely.

“On arrival, the weakened Sheikh Bahiga kept on praying in Arabic and later on I heard him saying that he was going to die for his religion,” he said.

After the first aid, Bahiga was immediately referred to Mulago Hospital but he died on the way.

The second prosecution witness of the day was a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO) detective sergeant (names concealed) who was attached to Kajjansi Police station on 28th December 2014 the period in which Sheikh Bahiga was shot.

The sergeant says at around 19.50 on that day, she got a call call from her boss by then DPC Kajjansi Hannington Bushariza to follow him to Bwebajja Mosque were a Sheikh had been shot.

 “At the scene there were many police officers, the place had been cordoned off with a motor vehicle Registration number UAU 706U Toyota Noah by make parked outside the Mosque,” she said.

She said she started looking for the weapon used in the crime, but was unable to locate it, and only managed to pick 6 cartridges which she handed to another officer on 6th January 2015 during investigations.

These cartridges together with photos taken at the scene were yesterday presented in court by the witness.

These however were challenged by one of the defense lawyers McDusman Kabega, who claimed that the clouds therein appeared clearer yet the photos were supposed to have been shot at night.

She however dismissed this saying that her focus while shooting was in the cartridges and not the sky.

The last witness was a Police sergeant from Bweyogerere Police station that was among those that rushed slain Sheikh Ibrahim Kirya to Mulago hospital after being shot by assailants at Bweyogerere.

The officer said he commanded a patrol of 6 police officers who rushed to Bweyogerere where they picked two injured people whom they rushed to Mulago hospital.

Further hearing of this matter will continue today.


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