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Busoga Murder Suspects Wanted to Discredit Security System

The ten suspects who were part of Duko\'s criminal gang told police that they had gone on a killing spree with intent to discredit the security system. The killings were planned on Duko\'s orders, the suspects confirmed to police.
Ten suspects arrested in recent police operations in Busoga region have confessed to have murdered more than five people in retaliation over the arrest of their gang leader, Musa Duko.

Duko was arrested in connection to the murder of the late David Tito Okware, the LC III chairman of Buyinja Sub County in Namayingo district in a joint operation by the police and the Uganda\'s People Defense Forces (UPDF).

The ten suspects who were part of Duko\'s criminal gang told police that they had gone on a killing spree with intent to discredit the security system. The killings were planned on Duko\'s orders, the suspects confirmed to police.

The group has also confessed to having planned and executed the murder of Sheikh Abdulkdir Muwaya, the Salaf Muslim leader who was shot at his home in Mayuge in December 2014 long before Duko was arrested. 

They have now recorded extrajudicial statements confessing to the murder of Sheikh Abdulkdir Muwaya, as well as the two policemen ambushed and shot dead in Kapyanga Sub County, Bugiri District recently.

According to the police spokesperson Fred Enanga, Duko has been a known Allied Democratic Force (ADF) operative for some years now, having been pursued by the UPDF about a year ago and escaped.

Police initial intelligence information indicate that Duko continued to run ADF activities in Busoga region even when he had gone into hiding through a gang he had recruited and trained.

In a cross fire during the operation for his arrest, Duko was shot in the leg and disappeared with an injury.

Police is however yet to establish the pattern which was used in the murder of Muslims around the country and how the victims were selected.

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