KAMPALA – President Museveni has said a number of suspects have been arrested over the murder of former Buyende District Police Commander Muhammad Kirumira last month.
In a statement issued on his Facebook page on Monday, the President said Kateregga Abdu, one of the suspects, was killed as he attempted to escape.
“Countrymen, Countrywomen and Bazukulu. I am sure I am speaking on behalf of many of you when I congratulate the CMI squads which arrested a number of suspects in the killing of ASP Kirumira on Friday night. Quite a number of them will appear in court soon,” said Museveni.
He added: “In the process, one of them, by the names of Kateregga Abdu, was shot and later died of his injuries. It turns out that Kateregga was one of the ADF terrorists that had benefited from Amnesty in the past. This, therefore, is to put on notice all the killers that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Members of the public that may have some more information about this particular gang of Kateregga should inform the police.”
The President’s revelation comes days after this website reported that a senior officer at the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) is among the nine suspects arrested in connection with the murder of former Buyende District Police Muhammad Kirumira.
Kirumira, a fierce critic of the police leadership under General Kale Kayihura, was gunned down alongside his friend Resty Nalinya near his home in Bulenga, Wakiso District, on September 8.
It emerged that the arrested officer’s name was mentioned in many eyewitness accounts that were recorded by a joint investigation team comprising Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) operatives and those of CID. A total of 10 witnesses have recorded statements.
Source privy to the investigations but who preferred anonymity told this website that the officer used to work under Kirumira when he was DPC Old Kampala Police division.
The source added that the deceased had intimidated the friends, some of whom are the witnesses, that the officer was among those that used to trail him for unclear reasons.
Investigators reportedly wrote to Old Kampala DPC Charles Nsaba, directing him to deliver his junior officer to CMI and he obliged.
The key suspects, who had been incarcerated at CMI headquarters in Mbuya, were on Wednesday transferred to Makindye Military barracks.
Kirumira had on several occasions indicated that his life was in danger and several of his acquaintances have since recorded statements either as witnesses or suspects.