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Uganda Military Holds Five Police Officers


Uganda, Kampala-The military is holding five police officers in connections to complaints raised by a former police operative to president, Yoweri Museveni.

The suspects are Nickson Agasirwe, the former head of the Police Special Operations Unit at the dreaded Nalufenya police facility in Jinja District, Joel Aguma, the Commandant Professional Standards Unit (PSU), Alex Tumukunde and Faisal Katende, both operatives from the Flying Squad Unit and an Intelligence Officer only identified as Magada.

The five were detained by the Chieftaincy of Military intelligence-CMI when they appeared for investigations early this week. Aguma and Agasirwe were detained on Tuesday when they appeared at CMI headquarters for interrogations for the third time this month. The remaining suspects were detained on their first appearance.

The Uganda Police Spokesperson, refused to comment on the arrests, saying it was a military matter. The Uganda People’s Defense Forces Spokesman, Brigadier Richard Kalemire said he wasn’t aware of the arrest of the police officers.

However, sources close to the investigations, say Aguma is wanted for kidnapping and illegally extraditing to Rwanda Lt. Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of Rwandan president, Paul Kagame. Mutabazi was kidnapped from Sky Hotel in Naalya, a Kampala city suburb where he was staying with his family and handed over to the Rwanda authorities.

Aguma was suspended for two years before he was reappointed Deputy Director Crime Intelligence from where he was promoted to head PSU. Agasirwe and the three others are wanted in connection to the brutal murder of former Police Spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

The former police boss was gunned down on March 17, 2017 together with his body guard Kenneth Erau and driver, Godfrey Mambewo, a few meters from his home in Kulambiro in Nakawa division in Kampala district.

The arrest of the five suspects followed a directive from president, Yoweri Museveni to the Inspector General of Police to order four police directors to appear before the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and CMI for questioning in relation to a missive authored by Ali Kabanda, a former police operative.

Kabanda wrote to the president implicating the officers for their alleged involvement in dubious deals including undermining investigations into the murder of Kaweesi and making wrongfully arrests.

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