Relatives petition court for investigation into killing of Kirumira murder suspect

Kenneth Kazibwe

Kenneth Kazibwe

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Relatives have petitioned court for an order to government to carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances under which, one Abdul Kateregga suspected to be part of group that killed ASP Muhammad Kirumira last month.

A few weeks ago, police announced they in a joint security operation had raided a suspected terror cell in Namungoona, Rubaga division in Kampala in which nine suspects were arrested and one of them shot dead during the operation.

President Museveni would later lift the lid off the operation  saying   the suspects are accused of being part of the group that killed former Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira last month and he praised the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence(CMI) operatives for the job well done in busting the terror cell.

“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. 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,”Museveni said in a statement on October 1.

Relatives petition court

Through their lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, relatives to Kateregga have petitioned the High Court in Kampala for an order of inquest into Kateregga’s death.

In an affidavit dated October 10, sworn by one Farouq Kaweesa, a young brother to the deceased, relatives say that members of UPDF in uniform found Kateregga at his home and shot him dead without any warning.

“The death of Abdulrahman Kateregga was intentionally caused by the military which was not executing a death sentence pronounced by a competent court. The killing was violent, unnatural and therefore is a subject to an inquest under the Inquests Act,” says Kaweesa in his affidavit.

“It is necessary that the Minister of Internal Affair appoints a coroner to inquire into the lawfulness or otherwise of the death of the subject.”

The relatives have also applied for a habeas corpus to have Kateregga’s wife, Mariam Kateregga who was arrested on the day her husband was killed produced dead or alive.

ASP Muhammad Kirumira was shot dead by unknown assailants allegedly travelling on motorcycles near his home in Bulenga, along the Kampala- Mityana road on the evening of September 8.

The arrest of nine people during the Friday night raid now brings the number of people arrested over the murder to over 12 including police officers and others attached to the police Flying Squad Unit.

Other suspects arrested over the murder are Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ismail Senono, the officer in charge of operations at Old Kampala Police Station, David Bamwesigye and Deus Byaruhanga, a former driver with the Flying Squad.

Only one person, Abubaker Kalungi, a resident of Mulimira zone,Kibutika village in Makindye Sssabagabo municipality has been charged and remanded over the gruesome murder by the Wakiso magistrates court.







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