Court Martial drops charges against 7 of Gen Kayihura’s former blue-eyed boys

The State has dropped charges against 7 senior police officers previously accused alongside former police chief Gen Kale Kayihura.

The charges included aiding and abetting the kidnap of Rwandan refugees and failing to protect war materials.

The freed officers include the former Col Ndahura Atwooki, ACP Herbert Muhangi, SSP Nixon Agasirwe, Richard Ndaboine, Patrick Muramira, Jonas Ayebaza a former PA to Kayihura and Muyomba Kitagenda. They have been in court since August 2018.

On Tuesday, 05 March 2024, the General Court Martial dismissed the case against the seven senior police officers after the State dropped charges against them.

The withdrawal letter dated March 5, 2024, was signed by the Army Director of Prosecutions Lt. Col Rapheal Mugisha who did not explain why the charges were  withdrawn.

Prosecution had alleged  that on October,  25, 2013, at Kamengo in Mpigi District, the 7 police officers conspired  with their former boss Kale Kayihura to  kidnap three Rwandan refugees;  Joel Mutabazi, Jackson Kaleemera and Innocent Kaliisa and  conveyed them to their country against their will.

The eight police officers were also charged with unlawfully allowing the issuance of guns to the then Boda Boda 2010 leader Abudallah Kitatta; who was unauthorized  to own millitary possessions.

In addition, the officers along with Kayihura were accused of failing  to account for guns issued to specialised police units such as the Flying Squard , Special Operations Unit, Witness Protection Unit and the crime intelligence directorate unit of police.

For the 2 offences , the senior police officers were jailed for several months at the millitary police barracks in Makindye before being released on bail.

Kitatta and his bodyguard, Detective Constable Sowali Ngobi were later in  May 2019  also charged, convicted and sentenced to 8 years in prison for being in illegal  possession of firearms ammunitions by the then court’s chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti.

The duo’s sentence was later reduced on appeal and too set free.

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