The Police have arrested seven suspects and retrieved a gun in relation with the murder of Buyinja Sub-county Chairperson, Peter Okware Tito — shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his home in Namayingo Township last week
By John Agaba & Jemima Nambooze
The Police have arrested seven suspects and retrieved a gun in relation with the murder of Buyinja Sub-county Chairperson, Peter Okware Tito — shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his home in Namayingo Township last week.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said Monday that the arrested, all men, are awaiting prosecution in courts of law.
“They were arrested over a series of days, based on intelligence information. More others are yet to be arrested,” deputy police spokesperson, Pauline Namaye, said.
During the briefing, held at the Force’s headquarters in Naguru, Enanga also revealed that security had retrieved a gun they are “confident” was used in the murder of the 43-year-old sub-county chief.
And that they have leads to a second gun — also suspected to have been used in the crime.
The retrieved murder weapon, an AK47, was found at the crime scene, the spokesperson said.
Peter Okware Tito was shot dead on February 1 by assailants riding on a motorcycle, in eerily similar circumstances Sheikhs Adbul Kadir Muwaya and Mustafa Bahiga were gunned down in December last year.
Police investigations reveal that the sub-county chief was shot three times in the head before he dropped dead near his home in Namayingo village shortly past 10:00 pm.
The high profile homicide has caused a stir in home security, with President Yoweri Museveni, during the Tarehe Sita celebrations in Moroto district on Friday, singling out the incident as a wakeup call to law enforcement and saying that Government will start “hanging murderers” in an attempt to avert the growing homicide rates in the country.
Police Chief, Kale Kayihura, following the murder of the Local Council III Chairperson, suspended four (4) senior commanders in Busoga North Police region, which coincidentally originates many of the latest homicide cases.
Muslim Cleric, Sheikh Abdul Kadir Muwaya, was shot dead in Mayuge district (Busoga North) in the Christmas Day killing. Yunus Abubaker Madungo was shot dead in Bugiri district (also in Busoga North) in November 2012.
The suspended included Moses Muluya, the region’s police commander, Fred Tayebwa, the Namayingo district police commander, Joyce Achiro, officer in charge of Namayingo district, and Fahadi Naduli, the Namayingo district criminal
Enanga explained the officers were suspended because they exhibited “poor vigilance” and “snail-pace” response in the wake of the attack.
He said that 22 other police officers from the region too have been suspended following the killing. Whether they will resume their work or not, pends investigations.
Relatedly, the Police Spokesperson revealed that the police in Amuru district have three brothers in custody for allegedly killing another of their brother, Akleo Tabu, 23, because he was “forcing their sister to cook for him a snake he had brought with him from his hunting.”
This was in Pulukule Parish, Atiak Sub-county, Amuru District.
“They (the brothers Enanga revealed as David Ochan, Kennedy Okello, and Richard Opera) beat him up to death,” Enanga said.
Meanwhile, the police have issued fresh warning on the inappropriate use of mobile app WhatsApp and other social media to promote pornography, saying all persons who have shared videos, clips, and tapes of, either of singer Desire Luzinda or Socialite Zari Hussein or Tv personality Robinah Sanyu Mweruka’s sex-tapes, will be tracked and charged.
“We are going to use our ICT (Information Communication Technology) department, and working with UCC (Uganda Communications Commission) charge all persons who have shared videos of these women when they were naked. We shall charge them under the Anti-pornography act,” Enanga said.
Seven arrested over Buyinja Chairperson''s murder