Crime & Investigation

Rugunda: Joint Security Operations Key in Defeating Terrorism

High Court Judge Elizabeth Alividiza has sentenced a one Edison Wako to 14 years in jail upon being convicted of murdering a police officer, salve ASP John Michael Ariong after hitting him on the head with a brick during the 2012 city riots.

Justice Alividiza ruled that from two of the witnesses who testified in court including an expert from the government laboratory, ascertaining that Wako’s finger prints were found on the killer object that was used to hit the late, there was sufficient evidence to prove him as the murderer.

The police officer was murdered in March 2012 during opposition – spearheaded riots along Ben Kiwanuka Street in Kampala.

Ariong and other anti-riot police officers were trying to block opposition members led by Rtd Col Kiiza Besigye from a road inspection campaign which they were carrying out in Kampala without police clearance.

Wako asked court to grant him a lenient sentence, stating that he had reformed during the years he spent on remand, and that he had family responsibilities.

“I was arrested with several people but because I had no money I was not released like most of them who had political connections. I didn’t know the beginning of the riot or its end, but since I have been convicted I pray for a lenient sentence,” he pleaded.

Wako, further told court that he was not a murderer but a God fearing person and that in Luzira prison, he had turned into a preacher of the gospel of Christ Jesus.

While sentencing him, Justice Alividiza was dismayed that some politicians start up revolts that harm and affect lives of innocent people.


“Politicians who commit violence acts must be held responsible, commanders who order their juniors to use maximum force leading to death must also be held criminally liable. At the same time individuals who turn against police during as it is on its duties they must also face the law,” she stated.

By Apollo Munghinda

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has urged intelligence and security services in the East African region to focus on developing mechanisms for information sharing and joint operations to effectively combat the increasing incidences of terrorism.

The Premier said terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, prostate al-Shabab, and allied democratic forces (ADF) must be defeated to protect regional interests.

Dr Rugunda made the remarks while opening the second meeting of heads of intelligence and security services of the member states of the Intergovernmental authority on development (IGAD) and East African Community (EAC) region at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Tuesday.

He said enhanced cooperation amongst security agencies will secure and promote peace in the region, a prerequisite for development.

The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui said the state of peace and security in the East Africa was of great concern, adding that there were still challenges to be overcome especially in Burundi, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

He also thanked President Yoweri Museveni for overseeing the dialogue between government and the opposition in Burundi for a peaceful transition.

Ambassador Smail said terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab are jointly working with other terrorist groups and criminal gangs to reinforce each other hence need for more information sharing and determination to eradicate this global scourge.

He also reminded the regional intelligence and security heads about possible election violence in the region since 2015-2017 are election years in the region.

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