Senior Police officers including Professional Standards Unit commander CP Joel Aguma , SSP Nixon Agasirwe and Sgt Abel Tumukunde among others are appearing before the General Court Martial in Makindye this morning (Friday October 27th).
The commanders were arrested by Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) ealier this week on orders of President Yoweri Museveni who also serves as the commander in chief of the armed forces.
The Tower post understands that the police commanders were arrested in the connection with the brutal murder of Police Spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi and a series of other crimes including, murders, kidnapping, armed robberies and forceful repatriation of Rwandan and South Sudanese refugees.
Kaweesi, his driver Wambewo and body guard, Kenneth Erau were gunned down by unknown assailants in Kulambiro, Kampala in March this year.
President Museveni while speaking at Kaweesi’s vigil at the late’s home in Kulambiro in March, noted that the police force is infiltrated by criminals, before asking Gen.Kale Kayihura to clean his force.
“All these murders, I have followed myself. There are always clues leading to the criminals but the criminals have infiltrated the police. You get a situation where they are intimidating the witnesses, killing the witnesses,” Museveni told mourners.
“That is why the public fears to give information to the police,” he added.
Contrary to earlier reports, the suspects were charged with conspiring to kidnap and deport Rwandan refugees, including Lt Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of Rwandan president Paul Kagame.
In the 2013 kidnap case, Lt. Mutabazi was reportedly kidnapped from Naalya’s Sky Hotel in Naalya and repatriated to Rwanda.
Mutabazi would later face terrorism charges. Convicted, he was stripped of his army ranks and was sentenced to life imprisonment.