The suspects whose names have been concealed for fear of jeopardizing police investigations are accused of allegedly murdering Domian Byaruhanga, a resident of Kifumura village in Kyohairwe parish Buhanika sub county of Hoima district.
They are accused of attacking and hacking to death Yasin Bakati,Rosa Afiyako and Safi Ayumani all residents of Okeche cell Karuma town Council Kiryandongo district. They also critically injured Safina Chandiru who is currently admitted in critical condition nursing severe wounds at Kiryandongo General Hospital.She sustained deep cuts in the head, face, both hands and stomach.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network the suspects attacked and destroyed two vehicles belonging to Mugasa’s camp. They smashed the windscreens of both vehicles.
The suspects whose identities have been concealed by police for fear of jeopardizing investigations were arrested on Wednesday night following an operation conducted by joint security operatives comprising of the police and the Uganda peoples defense forces-UPDF.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says the four who he declined to divulge their details for fear of jeopardizing police investigations were arrested this morning from their hideout.
Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC told Uganda Radio Network on phone that the suspects were caught red-handed distributing salt soap, sugar and cash to voters.
He says they received intelligence that the suspects were bribing voters under the command Barnabas Tinkasiimire, the Buyaga West County Member of Parliament and People Power Movement coordinator for Bunyoro region.
Detectives were surprised on Sunday morning when they went to conduct an early morning cell check and discovered that all the suspects were missing. The suspects were facing charges of murder and robbery.
In a letter dated April 10, 2019, signed by Gaster Mugoya Kyawa, the Committee Chairperson, the MPs note that the four juveniles were wrongly being detained at Hoima government prison together with adult inmates.
The suspects were picked up on February 13, 2019 in a joint operation involving Police, Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers and sister security agencies led by Twaha Etiima, the Hoima District Police Commander.