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Kirumira murder suspects committed to High Court for trial

Former Buyende DPC ASP Muhammed Kirumira was on September 8 shot in Bulenga in company of a one, Resty Nalinya by unknown gunmen. (FILE PHOTO)

WAKISO – The Wakiso Chief Magistrate’s Court has committed to High Court for trial two men facing charges of murder of former Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira and Resty Nalinya Mbabazi, a mobile money agent.

According to committal papers presented before Grade One magistrate Noah Sajjabi by state prosecutor Ms. Lamula Ddumba, the two suspects Abubakar Kalungi and Hamza Mwebe were found to be linked and in constant communication with ADF operatives who are believed to have orchestrated the killing on September 8, 2018.

Further evidence contained in the committal papers also shows that that Kalungi had frequented the Bulenga Trading Centre where the offenses were committed for days and he was within the area before and during the shooting.

It is stated that at the time of the commission of the current offense, the two suspects were on the police wanted list in relation to charges of terrorism. Mr. Kalungi was a close associate to, among others, Luutu Kimuuli, Kamadi Abasi, Abasi Wasswa, Ibra Kavuma, Kateregga Abdul (deceased) and Nadir Amisi who were former ADF rebels currently on charges of terrorism and still under investigations.

Mr. Abubakar Kalungi confessed to the murder of Kirumira and Nalinya in Wakiso District.

In Kulungi’s confession statement, DPP mentions as one of the pieces of evidence he will rely on at trial, Kalungi a resident of Mirimu Zone in Ndejje Sabagabo -Makindye is said to have  led the investigators at the crime scene in Bulenga and explained to them how he had been there before and during the shooting.

Evidence also shows that Kalungi led the investigators to the home of one of the ADF suspects;  Mr. Abdul Kateregga at Namugoona – Luyinja whom he implicated as being the mastermind of the murder of Kirumira and Nalinya.

However, according to the evidence, Mr. Kateregga was accidentally shot dead by the security after he was tracked to Namungoona as he tried to escape in October last year.

Both Kalungi and Mwebe have now been returned on remand at  Kigo prison until when they will appear before the High Court for trial at the convenient criminal session.

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