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NRM boss arrested over Masaka machete attacks

Nsangi Sub-county chairman, Hajj Abdul Kiyimba

MASAKA – Hajj Abdul Kiyimba, the Nsangi Sub-county chairman, has been arrested by CMI operatives in connection with machete attacks in Greater Masaka region that have claimed a number of lives and left many injured in the last two years.

The President is said to have ordered Kiyimba’s arrest last week after he was allegedly implicated by many suspects for masterminding the attacks in the five districts that make up Greater Masaka. The attacks have puzzled security agencies.

Kiyimba, who is also the national police and community coordinator, is said to be currently held at Makindye Military Barracks where his friend and former boss Gen Kale Kayihura is currently being held alongside other police officers.

Police make arrests during an operation in Nyendo Town ensuing the Masaka machete attacks late 2017 (FILE PHOTO)

Whereas police spokesman Emilian Kayima was not available to confirm the arrest, sources said when Kiyimba learnt of his impending arrest, he went into hiding at the hotel of NRM vice chairman Hajj Moses Kigongo in Maya. However, when the latter learnt that Kiyimba was wanted, he handed him over to security agencies.

His arrest comes amid the ongoing investigation of senior police officers and Gen Kayihura for allegedly masterminding murders, kidnaps, robberies and repatriation of refugees in the country.

Former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura (FILE PHOTO)

Security agencies have so far arrested over 26 police and army officers, who were Gen Kale Kayihura’s blue-eyed boys in connection to kidnap, espionage, reason and illegal expatriation of refugees.

They include former cybercrime boss Richard Ndaboine, former Flying Squad Commander Herbert Muhangi, former director of Crime Intelligence Col Ndawula Atwooki and Lt Col Peter Musherure, the former deputy police director of crime intelligence.

Mbarara District Police Commander Jaffar Magyezi (FILE PHOTO)

Mbarara District Police Commander Jaffar Magyezi was also added to the list of the arrested forces on Monday.

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