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Suspects Arrested Over Masaka Shop Raid To Face Court Martial

The six people who were arrested over robbery and murder at hardware in Masaka Town will face the General Court Martial, security agencies have announced.

On July 1, thugs raided Muto Hardware on Masaka Town, leaving a UPDF soldier, Moses Musinguzi, and a casual worker, Shafic Kiggundu, dead and money worth Shs400m stolen.

And now, Mr Joy Walusimbi the Masaka Resident District Commissioner, said Derrick Jumba, Paul Kiwanuka, Julious Tweheyo, John Bosco Waligo and Grevasio Kankaka who were arrested over the crime, will face the army court, arguing that the civil court always delays justice.

“Our court in Masaka has not helped us. It tells us suspects have been remanded but days later the same culprits are got in similar aggravated crimes” Mr Walusimbi told journalists in Masaka Town on Wednesday.

Maj Flavia Terimulungi, the UPDF Armoured Brigade Spokesperson in Masaka, added that since the suspects allegedly used the gun during the raid, they will be tried in the army court as stated by the UPDF Act on persons who possess guns illegally.

Lt Jafari Kasirivu, the Masaka UPDF Reserve Force Division Commander, also revealed one of the suspects, Kiwanuka, was a member of the UPDF reserve force, which means he should be charged before the army court.

“Any crime related to misuse of guns by killing innocent people should be heard by the army court. And my appeal is such cases countywide must be taken to this court.” Mr Kasirivu said adding that the UPDF soldier who was killed during the raid was an indispensable officer.

Police at the weekend recovered three army and police guns during investigations.

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Deputy Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango on Monday said the guns were recovered on Saturday after Jumba, another suspect, was arrested.

Police said Mr Jumba confessed to have participated in the crime and led police to one Kiwanuka who was allegedly keeping the guns at his residence in Mbuye village, Buzirandulu parish, Kasali Subcounty, in Kyotera District.

“We arrested Kiwanuka Paul and a search was mounted at his home. Three guns and a panga were recovered with the following serial numbers. UG POL 563100709520644, UG UPDF 4902251, SAR 11200917 and 49 rounds of ammunition,” Onyango said.

Onyango said police recovered $25,000 at another suspect’s makeshift residence where he was hiding with his wife in Kalangala on Bukasa Island.

 

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