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By Isaac Wandubile

Police in the eastern Ugandan district of Bugiri are holding four people over the murder of Sheikh Masudi Mutumba, the Imam of Iwemba Mosque located in Iwemba Subcounty.

On Friday, unknown gunmen shot Sheikh Mutumba at around 9pm as the cleric returned home from prayers.

Busoga East Regional Police Spokesperson ASP James Mubi has now revealed that Mutumba was “shot by a single bullet targeted at his head” that killed him instantly.

Meanwhile, Police Scene of Crime officers and area commanders have recovered a cartridge of an AK 47 riffle suspected to have been used in the murder.

Mubi also confirmed the arrest of suspects connected to the murder, adding that they were currently detained at the Bugiri Central Police Station “to help in investigations.”

It is not yet clear what clues the suspects could lead detectives to but Mubi said the motive of the murder was still unknown, over 12 hours since the shooting happened.

“The hunt for the prime suspect by our joint security team is underway.  We will continue to work around the clock to investigate the motive of this shooting and bring all those involved to book,” said Mubi.

For years now, security agencies have been grappling with assassinations of different Muslim clerics and other government officials. Government has severally linked the killings to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.

Some of the clerics killed since 2012 include Sheikh Abdul Karim Sentamu, a prominent Muslim scholar, who was gunned down on William Street in Kampala in April 2012; Abubaker Kiweewa killed near Prime Supermarket in Kyanja in June 2012; Shite leader Abdul Kadir Muwaya Dakhtur assassinated; and Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga who was killed at Bwebajja Mosque on Entebbe Road in December 2014.

Other murdered clerics are: Mbale Imam Sheikh Abdulrashid Wafula killed in May 2015, and Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan Kirya slain in Wakiso District in June 2015.

Besides the clerics, other Ugandans assassinated in recent years include: former Prosecutor Joan Kagezi murdered in 2015, former Uganda Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi killed in 2017, former Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga gunned down in June 2018 and former Buyende District Police Commander (DPC) Muhammad Kirumira killed in September 2018.





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