Army court orders CMI to handle case of Rwandese Nationals kidnap

By Sania Babirye
The army court sitting in Makindye has ordered the Chieftaincy  Military intelligence (CMI) to  expidite investigations in a case in which  Seven police officers are charged with  the Kidnap of 2 Rwandese nationals . Joel Mutabazi and Jackson Kaleemera and unlawful possession of firearms.

This is after prosecution led by Maj.Rapheal Mugisha informed the seven member court chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti that he was not able to summon any witnesses in court today since the case file is still with CMI who are still carrying out cross boader investigations.

Now the case has been adjourned to the 5th of June 2018 and the suspects remanded to Luzira and Makindye Military barracks were they have been for the past 9 months.

The seven police officers  include; SPC Joel Aguma,  SSP Nixon Agasirwe Karuhanga, D/ASP James Magada, D/AIP Benon Atwebembeirwe, D/Sgt Abel Tumukunde , SPC Faisal Katende and D/CPL Amon Kwarisima.

These  are  jointly charged with 2 civilians including  a Rwandese national; Rene  Rutangugira and a Congolese  national Bahati Mugenga Pacifique.

Prosecution  led by Maj. Rapheal Mugisha states that on the 25th/October 2013 at Kamengo in Mpigi district, while the accused where in unlawful possession of firearms and grenades which are ordinarily and  a monopoly  of only the UPDF, they  conveyed  Mutabazi and Kaleemera   to  the Republic of  Rwanda without their consent.

Prosecution further  states that on the 24th /October  2017 at Najeera within Kiira division in Wakiso district , the 7 police officers together with 2 civillians were found in unlawful possession of 4 grenades which are ordinarily a monopoly of the UPDF.