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Key Witness in Aguma, Agasirwe Rwanda Kidnap Case Goes Missing

The cases against senior police officers Nixon Agasirwe and Joel Aguma are likely to crumble after a key witness disappeared mysteriously.

Sgt Emma Mulindwa alias Mukombozi went missing about two months ago.

Since then, there has been speculation that he could have been killed.

The Defence spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said he was “not aware of this matter” when contacted by ChimpReports on Friday.

But high ranking officials told us that Mukombozi could have been kidnapped and murdered.

It will be recalled Mukombozi was among witnesses who were expected to pin Aguma and Agasirwe in the cases of kidnapping and repatriation of Rwandan refugees including Lt Joel Mutabazi.

Mukombozi reportedly participated in these missions alongside Ali Kabanda, a police officer who last year fled to exile.

“He had first hand information about the alleged criminal activities of Aguma and Agasirwe. I don’t see how the case will stand without Mukombozi’s testimony because he was part of the group that witnessed the repatriation of Rwandan soldier, Joel Mutabazi,” said a contact.

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It’s understood Mukombozi was being guarded at a ‘safe house’ by military intelligence.

“How he was taken remains unclear to us. However, at a ‘safe house’, these people always walk out to buy cigarettes or drinks. It’s possible his movements were being monitored,” said a source, who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

Nuwamanya arrest

We have it on good authority that following Mukombozi’s disappearance, the military intelligence started tracking the people he last had a chat with, leading to the arrest of Sulah Nuwamanya.

A former journalist with The New Times, Nuwamanya was in February picked by security operatives from his residence in Kasangati, Wakiso district.

“The operatives said they would not harm Sulah but just interrogate him,” said a source.

Two months down the road, Nuwamanya’s whereabouts remain unclear to his family.

It is thought Ugandan security services believe Nuwamanya betrayed Mukombozi by leaking his location to those who were after the soldier’s life, a suggestion the former’s friends say is groundless.

Nuwamanya was a close friend of Mukombozi.

CMI chief Brig Abel Kandiho has since denied knowledge of Nuwamanya’s detention.

Agasirwe and Aguma are among the six senior police officers charged with kidnapping the former bodyguard to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Lt Joel Mutabazi.

The prosecution at Makindye General Court Martial has since amended Agasirwe’s charge sheet to include Unlawful Possession of Military Stores, namely two grenades, which are a monopoly of the UPDF.

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