High Profile murders costly to investigate

Police have requested Ugandans to be patient and give security time to conclude murder cases in the country.

Grace Akulo, the director of criminal investigations directorate (CID) revealed that high profile murders require huge funding and that it takes time to conclude them.

On average, she said, the directorate spends between shs 10M and shs 20M, depending on the complexity of the case, to undertake investigations.

For instance, Akulo said, the directorate spent about shs 500M in the July 11,2010 Kampala bombing terror case, the worst ever experienced by the country. “we had to bring witnesses from Tanzania and other countries. We cannot just conclude cases for the sake of pleasing people, “she said.

The July 2010 Kampala bombings claimed 74 lives and left injured. The victims were watching the final game of the 2010 world cup at Kyadondo rugby grounds and the Ethiopian village in Kabalagala, Kampala.

Akullo made the remarks yesterday while giving the media updates on high- profile murders since 2012.The interaction with media took place at the internal affairs ministry headquarters in Kampala.

Asked if the police had capacity to conduct ballistic investigations, Akullo explained that a number of suspects had been committed for trial, indication that they were investigated.

“We (CID) may not be adequately funded, but there are a number of cases before court”, she noted that government is working on recruiting more judges and magistrates to handle some of these cases.  The inspector general of Police (IGP), Martin Okoth Ochola, said generally the security in the country is calm.

He also emphasized that investigations require a certain degree of time and patience.

Status on Murders

Since 2001, a total of 113 suspects have been arrested and others are on the run for allegedly having a hand in high profile murders in the country. The report issued recently has 16 selected murder cases, which include, murdered Muslim clerics, slain ASP Mohammed Kirumira and Resty Mbabazi. The two were murdered about 9.05 PM on September 8 in Bulenga, Wakiso District. According to the Police, 9 suspects including Abubaker Kalungi have been arrested in the ongoing investigations

“We have many suspects, but the clues linked Kalungi to Kirumira murder. We cannot give details on this since the case is before court,” Akullo said. On the murder of MP Ibrahim Abiriga, Police said the special forensic audit was under way to identify the suspects. Abigiriga and his security guard Saidi Kongo were shot dead by unknown assailants on June 8, at Kawanda, Wakiso District. On the murder of

Joan Kagezi, the Police revealed that there were leads being followed regarding the main suspects. On March 30th, 20015, Kagezi was murdered at Kiwatule, a city suburb, by assailants as she stopped by the road side to buy fresh vegetables.

The police also revealed that 7 suspects were arrested and have been committed to the high court for trial for alleged involvement in the murder of Major Muhammed Kiggundu. Kiggundu and his body guard, Sgt. Steven Mukasa, were murdered on November 26th, 2016, in Masnafu trading center in Rubaga Division, a city suburb.

On the murder AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the Police said a total of 8 suspecs were committed to high court waiting for trial.

On march 17th, 2017, Kaweesi aling with his body guard, Kenneth Erau, and a driver Godfrey Mambowa, were shot dead by assailants who allegedly trailed them on motorcycles.

Minister reponds

Mario Obiga Kania, the Internal Affairs State Minister, told journalists that the Police have not identified the owners of the guns used in the murder in the country since they are not registered.

However, he said, following Oresident Museveni’s call to register fire arms with biometrics, the police will be able to identify criminals after forensic analysis.

Kania a number of illegal fire arms come in the country due to the instabilities in some neighboring countries, rendering it impossible to identify whose gun was used to murder.

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