Khadi’s car burns to ashes hours after receiving it

By Frederick Kiwanuka

Police ruled out terrorism saying that it could have been a result of a mechanical fault

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The Luweero district khadi is a sad man after his newly acquired four wheel drive car which believers bought for him, burst into flames and burnt to ashes a few hours after it was handed over to him.

Sheikh Kizza Muguluma, the Luweero District Khadi of the Kibuli sect, narrowly escaped being burnt to death when the newly acquired vehicle, suddenly burst into flames as he drove to his home in Nakaseke.

Nakaseke District Police Commander, Julius Asiimwe said on Saturday that the incident took place at 9.00pm on Friday at Muttankoko swamp, Kyamutakasa village in Nakaseke South.

The four wheel drive vehicle which got burnt beyond repair had earlier in the day been handed over to the Khadi at a ceremony which Security Minister Henry Tumukunde presided over at Luweero Mosque.

Asiimwe who ruled out terrorism saying that it could have been a result of a mechanical fault, said that after receiving the car in Luweero, Muguluma and his son Abdul Karim Kigozi drove to Nakaseke.

However Asiimwe said on reaching Muttankoko, the vehicle started heating up and later produced a thick smoke, forcing the occupants to park by the roadside and check for the cause.

He said Muguluma and his son went to a nearby home to get water to cool the smouldering vehicle only to find it engulfed in flames.

“It is purely accidental. We do not have any reason to suspect anybody because there was no third party,” the DPC said.

Hajji Musa Kakande, the chairperson of the Luweero district Muslims said he delivered the vehicle from a garage in Kampala a day before it was handed over to Muguluma on Thursday evening when it was in good condition.

The incident comes barely a week after Sheikh Muguluma’s predecessor, Hajji Mugalu Kyobe died following a motor accident.

Luweero deputy RDC Hussein Kibazo said he had ordered Police to investigate the matter and hand him a report by Monday.