28 February 2013

Uganda: Sheikh Grilled Over Eight Missing Families

The Police at Katwe have discovered that a Sheikh they arrested over the disappearance of a man and his three children is also responsible for seven missing families.

Over the weekend, the Police arrested the Imaam of Zzana mosque, Jamar Kiyemba, in connection with the disappearance of Zaid Mutebi and his three children; Muhammad wamala 13, Shadia Babirye 12 and Muzaifah Mutebi 7.

This disturbing story came to light after Mutebi's wife, Aisha Nalwadda, reported the strange disappearance of her husband and children in January. The family left their home for Masaka to bury, but never made it there.

When police launched investigations, their search led to the arrest of a Tanzanian witchdoctor, Esther Kukubona together with her son Ali Kajubi who were in possession of Mutebi's mobile handset.

As investigations progressed Esther led them to the Imaam who was arrested together with Bashir Nyangishu, a bodaboda cyclist who had transported Mutebi and his children. Apparently he had been the last person to see them.

When the Police took Kiyemba back to his place to search it on Wednesday, they discovered that he could be responsible for the disappearance of seven other families.

The police found a list of people who are believed to have been taken to an unknown destination. The names were Kaliisa, his wife and two children; Hamzah, his wife and four children, Nuuh Zu, Isma Elec and their two children, Shafiq Hsn, Twaha (Matg) and his wife, Habeeb and Basheer Ndologi.

Other names on the list were Kibutika Stud, Siraaj and his two children, two women Ukaasha, Ndoyo and four children, Ali, Ibrahim ( Ali) Uthmaan Owy, Uthmaan Kadg, Muhamed Hame, Abdullah Kayongo and Somit. Police believe they are names of people Kiyemba took out of the country.

It was also discovered that Kiyemba is a former prisoner at the much dreaded Guantanamo Bay detention camp, a detainment and interrogation facility of the United States military known to house the most feared terror suspects the world over.

Kiyemba's detention there followed his arrest in Pakistan on 19/05/2002. Documents found in his house showed that in 1993 he was staying in the UK. When he was arrested in Pakistan he claimed he was a resident in the UK but immigration authorities denied his claims. He was then handed over to the US who locked him up in Guantanamo.

Other documents found at Kiyemba's home showed that during his incarceration at Guantanamo Bay, his colleagues solicited funds to help him and these were to be channeled through a bank in Uganda that cannot be named for legal implications.

A police officer who did not want to disclose his identity said Kiyemba had been handed over to JAT (Joint Anti Terrorism) unit to handle the matter.

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