Muslim Clerics Shooting Investigations Not Yet Complete

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Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police Spokesperson says Police is working with the DPP to fill up the gaps in the evidence before the suspects can be committed to the high court.

Uganda Police Force is in negotiations with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to commit suspects arrested in connection with the killing of Muslim clerics to high court.
The suspects were picked up from various places across the country following the shooting of top Shia cleric Doctor Abdul Qaqir Muwaya, Mustafa Bahiga, the Kampala District Amir under the Jamaat Dawa Salafiya and several others.

Mustafa Bahiga and Doctor Abdul Qaqir Muwaya were gunned down in December 2014 in a similar manner by two gunmen riding on a motorcycle. Key suspects include Sheikh Mohammad Yunus Kamoga, the head of Jamaat Dawa Salafiya and Jamil Mukulu, the leader of the rebel outfit Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Jamil Mukulu was extradited from Tanzania after the magistrate's court ruled that he had a case to answer in Uganda. However, since then they have not been committed to high court, a situation police blames on lack of substantive evidence. 

Fred Enanga, the Uganda police spokesperson says police is working with the DPP to provide more evidence before the suspects can be committed to the high court.
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Police investigations into the murder of Muslim clerics have been progressing at snail-speed with investigators asking for more time to link the accused to the crimes.

According to sources, police has been looking for the weapon used in the shooting of Mustafa Bahiga to make a final match of evidence against the accused people.

Jane Okuo Kajuga, the DPP spokesperson told URN that they have been working closely with police on the case of Jamil Mukulu and his co-accused adding that they will communicate their next course of action soon.

Sheikh Yunus Kamoga is being held on the evidence of a dying confession by Mustafa Bahiga that he was the mastermind of his shooting. Nine other suspects are being held on the evidence of a recording in which, they allegedly conspired to kill some clerics.

Others who were arrested earlier are being detained at Nalufenya Police Station in connection to an alleged criminal gang that carried out the killings. 


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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.