Missing Muslims Clerics in Custody

Four Muslim clerics who were feared kidnapped on Wednesday night are being held in a safe house, Red Pepper online reports.


They are Sheikh Siraj Kawooya, Abdul Salaam Ssekayanja, Yusuf Kakande Ssemakula and Twaha Ssekitto.

According to highly placed sources in the police, the four clerics were picked up separately from Noor Mosque at William Street Kampala by detectives from the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate-CIID led by their deputy director Geoffrey Musana.

The suspects were picked up using CIID operational vehicles that don’t bear police number plates, leading to suspicion that they could have been kidnapped by wrong elements.

The source says, three of the clerics spent a night at Kampala Central Police Station but were transferred this morning to an unknown location.

However, police has remained tight lipped on the operation.

Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson only told our reporter that they have been carrying out various operations in relation to the investigations into the murder of Muslim clerics.

She says this led to the arrest of some of the people believed to have been in a way or another involved in the murders or have guns.

Namaye, however, advises those whose relatives are missing to file complaints at nearby police stations.

During the burial of the late Mustapha Bahiga, the former Kampala district Amir, a group of Tabligh Muslims loyal to sheikh Haroon Jjemba, the rival Amir Ummah accused Sheikh Kamoga of masterminding the murder of their members.

As a result, Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police promised to follow up various leads after the son of the Late Bahiga claimed that his father accused Kamoga and his group for masterminding his murder before he succumbed to the gunshot wounds.

Bahiga was gunned down at Bwebajja mosque by two unidentified men, where he had gone for the evening prayers.

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