Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Regional Police spokesperson, says the suspect was apprehended by residents of Miraza village in Mbefu Sub County in Kagadi district on Tuesday who became suspicious when they saw him roasting bananas by the roadside in the night.
According to Hakiza, Bahati was apprehended by residents of Miraza village in Mbefu Sub County in Kagadi district on Tuesday who became suspicious when they saw him roasting bananas by the roadside in the night.
The residents handed over the suspect to Mbefu police post where he spent a night before being transferred to Kagadi Central Police Station.
He says on interrogation, the suspect who only speaks Swahili told police that he escaped from the Congolese jungles when M23 was defeated by government troops in 2014 and settled in Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Hoima district.
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At the time of his arrest, Bahati was reportedly tracing his way to Lake Albert to cross back into DRC citing the poor conditions in the refugee camp where he has spent the last two years.
He says no charges have been preferred against the suspect as police is working with sister security agencies to carry out further investigations. Meanwhile Police in Hoima are holding Ashraf Muzale, a resident of Iganga district for illegal gun possession.
Hakiza says Muzale was apprehended by residents of Nyairongo village in Hoima district when they found him moving with a gun in a bag while searching for petty jobs in the cultivation area.
On interrogation, Muzale told police that he picked the gun form Kasangati in Wakiso district the February riots.
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Hakiza says the recovered gun is registration number SAR-TB 4495. By the time of filing this story, police had not yet pressed any charges against Muzale.