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Police summon Minister Nantaba over assassination claims

Police has summoned State minister for ICT Idah Nantaba to give an account of the Sunday, March 24 alleged attempted assassination (COURTESY PHOTO)

KAYUNGA/KAMPALA – Police have summoned State minister for ICT Idah Nantaba to give her version of the Sunday event in Kayunga District where she claimed to have survived an assassination.

One of the two suspected assailants, who had trailed the minister, was shot dead by police in what has since become a controversial incident as witnesses have emerged with different versions.

And on Monday, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said Ms Nantaba and her bodyguard will be required to explain the incident.

“This morning, we had an appointment with Minister Idah Nantaba to record a very detailed statement but she told us that she was in a Cabinet meeting. We want her to give us an explanation about this attempted assassination,” Mr Enanga said in response to queries that the alleged assailant who was shot dead was just a civilian.

He said Ms Nantaba is expected to record the statement at Naggalama police station.

Mr Enanga said Kampala Metropolitan investigations team commanded by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Benard Muhumuza has been assigned to reconstruct the whole incident in order to establish the truth.

He added that police pathologist Moses Byaruhanga has conducted a postmortem to establish whether the manner in which the suspect was killed.

“Our police surgeon is conducting the postmortem to understand whether the victim was shot at close range or during fast-moving scenario. The postmortem will be able to reveal that. We have gone ahead to do a cellphone analysis of the victim’s call data,” Mr Enanga said.

Ms Nantaba claimed she was being trailed by two men riding a silver grey Suzuki sports motorcycle Reg No UDL 822A, in a threatening manner over a distance of 40 km, from Sezibwa Bridge up to Naggalama trading centre. Allegations indicated that two riders rode past the Minister’s vehicle and after, made a U-turn, drove back and pulled alongside the roadside market after Sezibwa Bridge.

“There is only one witness account that has gone viral. Our KMP CID team has summoned the 999 patrol car commander to give details. These will give us a clear picture of whether the policemen were involved in shooting or not,” Mr Enanga said.

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