Kira police barred from probing lawyer kidnap

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Relatives and doctors taking care of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) lawyer Mubarak Kalenge stopped detectives from Kira Road Police from recording his statement yesterday.

A police source said the relatives were bitter that police officers at this Division were not helpful when the lawyer was reported to have been kidnapped from Bukoto, an area under Kira Road Police’s jurisdiction.

The relatives instead agreed that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Flying Squad Unit lead investigations into the alleged kidnap. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Mr Emilian Kayima, confirmed the rejection of officers from Kira Road, but also revealed that detectives from CID headquarters in Kibuli later recorded the victim’s statement at Case Clinic where he is now admitted.

“He is in position to tell what happened and he has already told his story to our officers from CID Kibuli,” Mr Kayima said.

Mr Kalenge was reported to have been kidnapped by armed men on Sunday evening at Afro-American Restaurant, prompting a manhunt. Flying Squad Unit Commander Herbert Muhangi, who participated in recovery of the victim on Tuesday, yesterday asked for more time before more information about the case is revealed to the press.

But according to another police source, Mr Kalenge has, so far, revealed that his captors took him to a house in Salaama, Makindye Division but he couldn’t recall the exact place. The source said that Mr Kalenge told investigators that when he was left in a room unattended at night, he managed to exit the main house and scaled a wall fence to regain his freedom.

The KCCA official, however, still does not know the motive of his attackers. Kalenge reportedly explained that broken glasses fixed atop the perimeter wall cut and injured him as he fled.

Once free, Mr Kalenge said he met a person who had watched a story about his kidnap on television who then took him to hospital. Police are yet to find this Good Samaritan.

Mr Kayima said detectives are trying to fill in the gaps in Mr Kalenge’s story which has stirred even more questions.

On Tuesday, eyewitnesses at Afro-American Restaurant told Daily Monitor that Mr Kalenge first talked to the suspected kidnappers outside his car and continued with the conversation inside his car before he cried for help. This suggested that he may have known the attackers before the incident.

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