Army Releases 18 Suspects, Retains Kitatta

The army has released 18 suspects in the murder of Case Hospital Accountant Francis Ekalungar and series of other crimes in Kampala, The Tower Post has learnt.

Abdul Kitatta, his bother Huzairu Kiwalabye and tens of other suspects many of whom are from his Boda Boda 2010 were arrested in a joint operation by Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and the Internal Security Organization (ISO) a week ago.

These were arrested as part of a wide investigation in the murder of a Case clinic account Francis Ekalugar.

“Out of 40 suspects arrested by CMI, 18 have been released on police bond and 22 are still under custody helping investigations,” said Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki.

Ekalungar was kidnapped on January 2, 2018 on his way to bank shs14 million. Police later found his body burnt and dumped in Kajjansi.

Huzairu Kiwalabye was the first suspect that was arrested in connected with Ekalungar’s murder and after being interrogated, the investigators found reason to make further arrests and consequently arrested more suspects including his (Kiwalabye) brother Abdul Kitatta, the patron of Boda Boda 2010 a notorious gang of motorcycle riders known for terrorizing fellow riders.

The operation also led to the arrest of Muzamiru Mawa, a driver to Dr.Ssebbale Kato, the proprietor of Case hospital and two other Congolese nationals including Kikandi Muhindo and  Bizimani David from whose residence, Ekalungar’s vehicle, a silver Toyota Premio was recovered.

Lt Col Deo Akiiki says Kitatta and his brother Huzairu Kiwalabye remain in detention to “help in investigations.”

He added that the suspects “could be produced in courts of law during working days” to face the law.

Moses Kayigwa