Four Held in Connection with Murder of Shia Muslim Head

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Namaye says Police wants the suspects to disclose the identity of the man who was seen with a gun earlier in the day around the deceased's home.

The Police flying squad has picked up four suspects in connection with the murder of Sheikh Dactoor Abdul Qadir Muwaya, the head of the Shia Muslim community in Uganda. Muwaya was gunned down by unidentified thugs last night at his home in Buyemba village in Bukatube Sub County Mayuge district as he returned from the mosque.
 
Caroline Akoth, the Mayuge District Police Commander told URN this morning that, the incident occurred at about 11:30pm. According to Police, after shooting their victim, the thugs jumped on a waiting motorcycle and fled off into hiding. 
Now, Polly Namaye, the Deputy Uganda Police spokesperson says the Police Flying Squad has picked up four suspects to help police investigations into the murder. She says the suspects are being held at Mayuge Central Police Station enroute to the Police Flying Squad headquarters in Kampala for interrogations. 
Namaye says Police wants the suspects to disclose the identity of the man who was seen with a gun earlier in the day around the deceased's home. Police is yet to establish the motive of the murder. The late Muwaya has been a vocal member of the ruling National Resistance Movement and a king maker as well.
The deceased's body is currently at Mulago national referral hospital for postmortem.
Haji Umar Bongo, the Mayuge LC V Chairperson has not yet commented on the murder of his father as he couldn't be reached by the time of filing this story.  The deceased's body will be laid to rest later today according to his young brother Rashid Dactoor.

Dactoor Abdul Qadir Muwaya joins the list of other Muslim clerics who have been shot in Uganda under unclear circumstances.  Two other clerics including Sheikh Abdul Karim Ssentamu, a top leader in the Salaf community and Sheikh Abubaker Yunisu were shot dead in Kampala and Mayuge respectively by unidentified thugs in 2012. 
 
To date, no suspect has been arrested and prosecuted in connection with the murders.

 

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