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Minister Kitutu, son escape Assassination plot

The police have foiled a plot to assassinate energy minister, Mary Gorretti Kitutu and her youngful son, Philip Murunga, Sunday Vision has learnt.

Subsequently, 10 suspects, who were part of the group said to have been planning the murder, were arrested from Nkoma in Mbale District near the minister`s home district of Manafwa.

The arrest of the suspects, who are currently detained at different police facilities in Jinja and Wakiso Districts, came after the Crime Intelligence (CI) directorate intercepted information about the planned murder.

Sunday Vision has learnt that Kitutu has since recorded a statement with the police and that she even shed tears on learning of the shocking details about the assassination plot against her and the son.

The details have come to light following the death of two top detectives, who perished in a road accident involving a police car and a truck at Magamaga on the Iganga-Jinja highway on Thursday morning.

The two detectives Assistant Inspector of policre Emmanuel Mawa and sgt. Dick Magara, were ferrying some of the suspects linked to the assassination plot from Mbale to Kampala at the time of the accident.

The deceased detectives were among the few officers that the former Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura seconded to the Special Investigations Division (SID) at its inception in 2010.

The detectives died in the line of duty while escorting a suspect, Philip Wanambwa, who also perished in the accident. Magara was buried on Friday in Luuka District, while Manawa was laid to rest in Soroti district on Saturday.

At the time of the accident, Wanambwa was being returned to Kampala after he successfully identified his other accomplices, who were arrested in Nkoma, Mbale. The two suspects have since been identified only as Kimunya and Muhulo.

The plot

It all started when the CI directorate, led by Brig Chris Ddamulira Sserunjogi, got wind of the pilot to assassinate Kitutu and her son (Murunga).

After verifying the threat, the Elite intelligence-gathering unit passed on the information to the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) to pursue the suspects.

At the time, Sserunjogi`s team had picked eight suspects, according to Francis Olugu, the acting commissioner general crimes at CID.

Investigations show that the same numbers were reportedly hired and that they had used three different cell phone numbers to text the minister threatening her life.

“They also warned that they would harm her son,“ Olugu said.

Investigations show that the same numbers were tracked and found to have been trailing the minister`s son to a traditional ceremony that he attended in Nambuli, Mbale district.

To trail the son, investigators said the suspects hired a private saloon car from Mbale town, which they drove to the function.

“The car that the suspects used had chloroform, which they had planned to use on the Minister`s son once kidnapped,” Olugu said, adding that they got this information after arresting one of the suspects (Wanambwa).

However, the suspects failed to execute their mission following a disagreement amongst themselves over the sharing of an advancement payment out of the sh50m for which they were to execute the deal.

“They disagreed to the extent that they fought,” sources privy the probe told Sunday Vision.

The disagreement reportedly caused public concern, but the suspects eventually sped off to an unknown destination.

According to sources, Police is investigating the financiers of the plot. Sources also said the minister could be a target because of the reforms she has proposed in the energy sector.

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