Military Police Deploys Heavily Around Nakasero Mosque

There is heavy police and military police presence outside Nakasero Mosque along the Kampala-Entebbe Highway.

Similar events were witnessed at Nakasero Mosque early this month
Similar events were witnessed at Nakasero Mosque early this month

The deployment follows the arrest of Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, the Amiir Jamat Dawat Salafiya, a faction of the Tabligh Muslims.

Kamoga was picked up last evening by detectives from the Special Investigations Unit over his alleged links to Allied Democratic Forces rebels.

Our reporter visited Nakasero mosque this afternoon, and saw both police and Military police personally deployed in strategic positions.

However, Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson down plays the deployment saying it is not in any way related to the arrest of Sheikh Kamoga. He says the deployment is aimed at enforcing security in the city.

Onyango however, didn’t disclose whether the city was under any specific threat and from whom.

He also disclosed that Kamoga has been transferred from the SIU headquarters in Kireka to a ‘safe place’ and will be produced before court when police investigations are complete.

Tension has been high at Nakasero mosque following the murder of Mustafa Bahiga, the Kampala district Amir on December 28th last year. Bahiga was gunned down outside Bwebajja Mosque, where he had stopped for the evening prayers.

Following his murder, a group of rival Tabligh factions started trading accusations over his death leading to the arrest of several clerics and their followers.

The suspects are Sheikh Siraj Kawooya, Sheikh Yusuf Kakande, Imam Abdulsalaam Sekayanja and Twaha Ssekito and Abdulhamid Sematimba.

They appeared on Tuesday before Nakawa grade magistrate for the murder of Mustafa Bahiga and Shia Muslim Cleric Doctor Abdul Qadir Muwaya and were remanded to prison.

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