Badru Kimbugwe, the Gangu B Village Defense Secretary told our reporter that the heavily armed operatives informed them that they had picked up Naggayi because she is the wife of Sheikh Bukenya, whom they described as a rebel commander.
Sheikh Abu Ubaida Badir Diin Bukenya, the
purported leader of the assassins who shot former Chief of Defense Forces-CDF, Gen
Edward Katumba Wamala is unknown to local leaders and residents of Gangu B
village in Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality in Wakiso district.
is on the police wanted list for the attack on Gen. Katumba along Kisota road
in Kisaasi Kampala on June 01, 2021. Gen, Katumba escaped with bullet wounds but his
daughter, Brenda Nantongo and driver, Haruna Kayondo lost their lives when four
assassins riding on two motorcycles riddled Gen Katumba’s military
vehicle with bullets.
Recently, a combined team of operatives from the Chieftaincy
of Military Intelligence –CMI, Crime Intelligence-CI and Joint Anti-Terrorism
Taskforce- JATT raided Gangu B in Wakiso district and picked up Marriam Naggayi
claiming that she is one of the wives of Sheikh Bukenya.
Badru Kimbugwe, the Gangu B Village Defense
Secretary told our reporter that the heavily armed operatives informed them that
they had picked up Naggayi because she is the wife of Sheikh Bukenya, whom they
described as a rebel commander. However, Kimbugwe says that as area leaders they
do not know of any resident with that name.
The Area LC I Chairperson, Lawrence Magala also noted that he
does not know of any Sheikh Bukenya or Hajjati Naggayi for the 35 years he has
been leading Gangu B village.
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reporter visited an enclosed area where Naggayi
was picked and found it a very quiet environment. People living inside the
gated rentals told URN on condition of anonymity that soldiers and police
officers cordoned off the area and ordered them to stay put.
that the three hour’s search was very tense, adding that security brushed off
their inquiries on why they were arresting their neighbour.
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Although residents could not tell exactly when
Naggayi moved to the area, they said she was very reserved and stayed with four
children. Some locals said they had known Naggayi for a year, others two years
while a few said it was over three years.
Shafic Ssenkabirwa, an artisan who was training
Naggayi’s elder son said for the time she has known her, he had never seen her
husband. One of the three people arrested in the area told URN on condition of anonymity
that Naggayi often told her that her husband travelled overseas for work.
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Ssenkabirwa said he is not sure whether he will be
arrested or not because he was training Naggayi’s son to make craft shoes.
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Naggayi who was taken for several days was
returned at the weekend with bruises, according to locals. They claimed that
pus was oozing from some of her body parts presenting a picture of a person who
had been tortured.
Naggayi closed the house and no one knows her whereabouts. Her
children are said to have been picked up by a person who identified herself as
Naggayi’s sister. At least 22 suspects have since been arrested in relation to Gen. Katumba’s
Four of the suspects including Hussein Lubwama alias Master, Edris
Sserwadda, Saidi Juma and Mustafa Kawawa alias Amin were shot dead while eight
others were charged and remanded to prison.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.