KAMPALA – Security agencies are currently following leads which indicate that the attempted assassination of State Minister Finance for Planning David Bahati is linked to foreign elements with a bigger agenda of destabilizing the country.
Early this month, several media outlets reported that some elements were plotting to end the minister’s life after sending messages to his driver.
And now it has emerged that two suspects, who were arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), have since confessed that they were working on instructions of elements from a neighbouring country to target high profile government officials so as to either kill them or extort lots of money from them.
Detectives close to the investigation have revealed that the suspects are operating under two strands; those who frame the government officials and rob from them and those with the mission to kill.
Sources added that the suspects- a man and a woman, have confessed that they target the senior government officials, especially politicians, by luring into hotels where they rob from them and even kill them.
For the robbery, sources added, the suspects always send beautiful ladies to trap the officials and that once they get to rooms of hotels, they always alert the males who then come and threaten to frame the officials if they do not depart with huge sums of money.
The female suspect was allegedly arrested with a foreign diplomat in Mukono District.
“The suspect even gave us names of their targets; there are many high profile officials. We can’t rule out their role in the murder of Felix Kaweeesi and Ibrahim Abiriga,” the source close to the investigation revealed on Sunday evening.
Bahati rose to fame in October 2009 after introducing the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a Private Member’s Bill, proposing that a new offence be created in Uganda named “aggravated homosexuality” which would be punishable as a capital offence.
This gained him international attention which later died off after the legislation was opposed and repealed.
He has since been lying low until recently in late June when he backed up Investment minister Evelyn Anite who accused the UTL administrator Bemanya Twebaze of mismanagement of the telecom and demanded for a forensic Audit of the telecommunications company.