Sheikh Mwanje committed to High Court over Maj Kiggundu killing

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KAMPALA- Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court has committed former leader of Tabliq Muslims Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje and three others to the High Court for trial on charges of murdering Maj Mohammad Kiggundu and his bodyguard on November 26, 2016.

 Sheikh Mwanje is jointly charged with Sheikh Muhammad Buyondo alias Matiya and Abdul Wahaab Sendegeya, both a boda boda riders in Kyengera, and Musa Sekandi alias Masanafu, a trader in Masanafu Trading Centre, Kampala.

 Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Mr Jamson Karemani committed the suspects to the High Court following submissions by the state prosecutor Mr Jonathan Muwaganya that investigations into the case were complete.

 Mr Muwaganya presented a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) indicating that sufficient evidence had collected to warrant committal of the suspects for trial.

 The DPP states that the suspects and others still at large killed Maj Kiggundu and his bodyguard Sgt Steven Mukasa by shooting at around 6:30am on November 26, 2016when they were heading to Pearl FM Radio in Kampala to participate in talk show.

 “…when they reached at Masanafu trading centre along Sentema Road in Rubaga Division in Kampala, they were attacked by armed people who were travelling on motorcycles. The attackers fired at them several times killing them instantly. After confirming that each was dead, one of the assailants picked Maj Kiggundu’s bag from the vehicle and all fled from the scene,” the indictment reads in part.

 “The deceased Maj Kiggundu had also informed his relatives and friends that his life was in danger as A1 (accused No. 1 Sheikh Mwanje) was going to kill him. He was indeed killed. Upon this, A1 was arrested and his mobile phones were recovered by police. Upon forensic examination of his mobile phone, four messages were found inbox from one of the Muslim leaders pleading for mercy that the accused (A1) should not kill him,” the charge sheet further reads.

 The DPP states there is evidence that Sheikh Mwanje was also cited along the Northern bypass, not far from the murder scene shortly before the deceased were murdered.

 “Further forensic analysis of A1’s mobile phones revealed that he was in constant communication with A2 (Buyondo), A3 (Sendegeya) and A4 (Sekandi) immediately before and after the commission of this offence. The analysis report and the call data records (printouts) will be exhibited at the trial. It was also established that A2, A3 and A4 were members of Kampala 17 group that was terrorizing Kampala residents,” the DPP states.

 The DPP states there is evidence that immediately after the commission of the offences, A3 also communicated with A1 from near the scene of crime and thereafter switched off his mobile phone and escaped from his home. He was arrested sleeping in Nakasero mosque in Kampala.

 The indictment also explains that investigations also established that prior to the murder, there existed a serious grudge in the Tabliq Muslim community over leadership and management of some mosques and projects in the country. As a result of this, factions emerged and some Muslim clerics were branded “bakafiri” (atheists)  and were threatened with death. On the list were Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga, Sheikh Hassan Ibrahim Kirya, Maj Kiggundu, Sheikh Jjemba Haruna, Prince Nakibinge and Swadik Ndahura.    

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