Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola has reiterated Police’s resolve to conclusively investigate criminal cases, particularly those pertaining to the murder of prominent Ugandans, as well as those that resonated across the country over the past few years.
Amid the ever dwindling public confidence in the Police’s ability to solve most of these murders, Ochola today told press that the force, working with other sister agencies, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and Judiciary, is determined to ensure that the suspects are apprehended and produced in courts of law.
The IGP proceed to provide an update on the force’s progress in investigating some of the high profile cases in the country, revealing that several suspects have been arrested, and many of them arraigned before courts of law.
In the recent murder of former Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira, Ochola revealed that so far 9 suspects have been arrested.
One of these, 47 year old Abubaker Kalungi was today charged before Wakiso Magistrates Court.
The IGP also revealed that a forensic audit is ongoing with a view of identifying the suspects.
On the murder of former prosecutor Joan Kagezi in March 2015, he said “specific leads” were being followed regarding the main suspect.
Seven suspects, he said, were arrested and committed to High Court for the murder Major Muhammad Kiguddu and Sgt Steven Mukasa.
As for the former Police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March last year, 8 suspects were committed to High Court for trial.
Another 9 suspects, he said, are on remand for the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara in February this year, while three suspects are still on the loose.
Ochola further revealed that a total of 17 suspects were arrested and committed to high court in connection to the murders of women in the areas of Nansana and Katabi in Wakiso district between May and September last year.
As for the string of murders and aggravated robberies in the areas of Masaka between January 2017 and January, Ochola said investigations led to the arrest of Galiwango Musa alias Bilibonwa Moses and five others suspects.
The suspects were charged with several counts of Murder and Aggravated Robbery and are currently on remand.
Another 38 suspects, he said were arrested and charged to court for the murder of a number of Muslim Sheikhs and prominent persons in the Busoga region between 2012 and 2015.
“Among the suspects is Jamil Mukulu the leader of ADF and Mohammed Matovu alias Mark Ssebaduka and Umar Mutuka,” he said.