Former Police Flying Squad Unit commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Herbert Muhangi was on Tuesday afternoon re-arrested, just hours after being released on bail by the army court.
Muhangi recently asked the court to release him on bail so he could attend to an illness he has had for the last 10 years and on Tuesday Lt.Gen. Andrew Gutti, released him on a Shs 5 million non -cash bond but was restricted to movement within Kampala and Wakiso districts only.
However, shortly after regaining his freedom, the army re-arrested at the Makindye General Court Martial Muhangi before being driven to an unknown place.
Muhangi had returned to the court cells to have his release papers processed while there, soldiers asked him out of the cells before they re-arrested him and bundled him onto a waiting military double cabin pickup vehicle.
Deputy army spokesperson, Lt.Col.Deo Akiiki confirmed the re-arrest, adding that Muhangi is currently detained at the Makindye military barracks.
“He was re-arrested by security for the new charges against him that were not before the court martial. We will know when he will appear in court,”Lt.Col. Akiiki told the Nile Post.
Muhangi now turns out to be haunted by the actions he occasioned to a number of people while still the commander of the Police Flying Squad when he on several occasions ordered the unit’s operatives to re-arrest suspects released on bail by courts of law.
The former Flying Squad commander is charged jointly with his former boss, Gen. Kale Kayihura, Col.Ndahura Atwooki, the former Police Director in charge of Crime Intelligence, SSP Richard Ndaboine (former head of Police Cyber Crime Unit) and Nixon Agasiirwe(former commander, Special Operations Unit).
Others are AIP Jonas Ayebaze, ASP Patrick Muramira(former deputy commander police Special Operations Unit) and Detective constable Abel Kitagenda.
They are accused of aiding, abetting kidnap and repatriation of Rwandese refugees back to Rwanda.
It is alleged that between the year 2012 and 2016, by omission and commission, the group aided and abetted the actions of subordinate police officers and others on various occasions without hindrance to kidnap and illegally repatriated Rwandan exiles, refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda including Lt.Joel Mutabazi, Jackson Karemera and Sgt. Innocent Karisa.
They are also charged with failure to protect war materials contrary to section 122(1) (2) (d) of the UPDF Act 2005.
It is also alleged that between the year 2010 and 2018 the police officers on various occasions allowed the issue of arms and ammunition to unauthorized persons including members of Boda boda 2010 led by one Abdullah Kitatta.
The group is also accused of failure to supervise and ensure accountability for the arms and ammunitions issued to specialised units under the office of the Inspector General of Police including the Flying Squad, Special Operations Unit, witness protection unit and the Crime Intelligence directorate of the police force.
All the offences were committed during the 12 year period when Kayihura was the Inspector General of Police.
Following Kayihura’s arrest from his farm in June last year, the army launched an onslaught on a number of his cronies in the police force.