Senior Police commanders who were close associates of former Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura have been charged at the Makindye General Court today Tuesday.
They are former Crime Intelligence boss, Col Ndahura Atwooki; ex Flying Squad boss ACP Herbert Muhangi; ex Special Operations chief SSP Nixon Agasirwe; SSP Richard Ndaboine, ASP Patrick Muramira, AIP Jonas Ayebaza, D/C Abel Kitagenda and Abel Muyomba.
The officers were arrested by the military intelligence operatives around June 2018 in what was seen as a crackdown on alleged infiltration of the Uganda Police Force by foreign elements.
The police commanders’ detention preceded the arrest of Gen Kale Kayihura who had earlier been sacked by President Museveni.
The state did not explain the reason behind their arrest, save for Kayihura.
For Atwooki, he had earlier been dropped as head of Naguru-based Directorate of Crime Intelligence and recalled to the army.
All the accused were eventually detained at Makindye Barracks in Kampala.
Earlier today, military police personnel quietly escorted the officers to the Court Martial where charges were read for them.
According to the charge sheet exclusively obtained by ChimpReports, the state alleges that Gen Kayihura, Ndahura, Muhangi, Agasirwe, Ndaboine, Muramira, Ayebaza, Kitagenda and Muyomba “between the year 2010 and 2018, failed to supervise and ensure accountability for the arms and ammunitions issued to units referred to as Specialized, under the office of the IGP to wit, the Flying Squad Unit, the Specialised Operations Unit, the Witnesses Protection Unit and the Crime Intelligence Directorate of Uganda Police Force.”
Prosecution says failure to protect war materials contravenes Section 122 (1) (2) (D) of the UPDF Act, 2005.
The prosecutors further allege that the accused between the year 2010 and 2018 allowed the issue of arms and ammunitions to members of Boda Boda 2010 headed by a one Abdullah Kitatta.
At the military court this week, Kittata denied ever holding a gun or being a member of Boda Boda 2010, saying he was a mere ‘patron.’
Kitatta was a close associate of Gen Kayihura.
During his trial, Kittata said Gen Kayihura provided him an armed guard on the instructions of president Museveni due to the sensitivity of his political mobilization work he was doing for the ruling NRM party.
At the army court today, the police officers were also accused of “abetting kidnapping from Uganda” which contravenes section 19 (1) (c) and 242 of the Penal Code Act Cap 120.
Prosecution alleges the officers illegally repatriated Rwandan refugees Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of President Paul Kagame and Jackson Kalemera.
The suspects were remanded back to Makindye Military Barracks till January 14, 2019.
The slapping of the fresh charges ends months of uncertainty for families of the accused officers.
They claimed their loved ones were not aware of the reason for their detention without trial.