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Ex Minister Nantaba Doubles Down On “Mafia in Government” Claim

Former State Minister for Information and Communication, Hon Aidah Nantaba yesterday rose to fan the flames of accusations in parliament, about the alleged existence of a group of powerful people in government who have targets on the backs of some MPs and other leaders.

The Kayunga district woman MP joined in the allegations as MPs discussed an alleged assassination attempt on Bukonjo West legislator Atkins Katusabe.

Hon Katusabe came out last week to accuse police and the army of trying murder him while touring his constituency in Bwera.

Nantaba, who has made similar claims in the past, warned her colleagues in the house not to treat this matter lightly.

“The killers are in police. They are in security organs. The killer is not from outside and they should stop talking about ADF because the killers are from within,” she said.

Citing her own experience where one Ronald Ssebulime was gunned down mysteriously for supposedly trailing her, the former minister accused police of being in on such plots.

This she said could be seen in the manner in which security handled investigations into the gruesome murders Arua MP Ibrahim Abiriga in June 2018, Police officer Muhammad Kirumira and prosecutor Joan Kagezi.

“Where is Abiriga’s report and where is the suspect who killed Abiriga? Where is the suspect of the Kaweesi’s and Kiggundu’s? Where are the reports about these assassinations and Kirumira?” she queried.

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Nantaba said last year that she had received a warning from the mother of slain Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda that there was a plot to harm her. She ran and reported the matter to the District Police Commanders of Nagalama and Kayunga who promised to work on her issue.

However, she says, she was perplexed when the Kayunga DPC was instantly transferred.

“It was on a Sunday morning; he had no letter of postage to the next station but he had been told to vacate office that morning at 9:30. I asked him what the reasons were he couldn’t give me the reasons,” she said

On the Sebulime case, Nantaba says she remains with unanswered questions as to why there were military officers at Nagalama Police that day, and why, the suspect, was gunned down shortly after arrest.

“Why did police kill a suspect after arresting him? Why didn’t they go further with investigations and arraign him before courts?”

In the heat of the debate, a number of MPs rose to support the “mafia” claims, including Busongora South MP Jackson Mbaju, ex-Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza and Buvuma Island MP Robert Migadde who told the house that his dog was killed in his stead.

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