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Eyewitnesses Give Account of Deceased Imam Before He Was Shot Dead

The deceased’s 10-year old child whose names have been withheld says that he accompanied Mutumba to purchase sugar from Iwemba trading centre and saw a man trailing them but mistook him for a guest. The child further states that the man who was clad in a black hood stood beside a tree but he eventually shot Mutumba twice and fled.
Late Masuudi Mutumba, courtesy photo.

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Family members and eyewitnesses in Busimba village in Iwemba sub-county have said that the assailant, who gunned down Sheikh Masuudi Mutumba, trailed him from the trading centre to his home.

Mutumba was gunned down at his home on Friday night.

He was shot twice in the left ear and one bullet was retrieved from his head during a post-mortem carried out at Bugiri General Hospital.

The deceased’s 10-year old child whose names have been withheld says that he accompanied his father to purchase sugar from Iwemba trading centre. He adds that he saw a man trailing them but mistook him for a guest.

The child further states that the man who was clad in a black hood later stood beside a tree, but eventually shot Mutumba twice and fled.

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Shakim Ndaga, a retail shop owner in the trading centre says that the deceased’s home is 30 meters away from his shop. Ndaga says that he saw the suspected assailant fleeing the scene but couldn’t trail him.

He adds that they alerted police officers who arrived 45 minutes after the incident.

According to Ndaga, the delay by the police to arrive at the scene gave plenty of time to the assailant to escape.

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Kasim Babinga, the county Khadhi of Iwemba says that the deceased led Juma prayers on Friday where they discussed issues concerning their security.

According to Babinga, in September, several sheikhs within Bugiri district including the deceased raised complaints concerning continuous threats against their lives. He says that they had resolved to avoid early morning and night prayers for the sake of their safety.

He however says that the LCV Chairperson, Azalwa Marijan assured them that, the suspects were arrested.

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Jeff Ssebuyungo, the Bugiri District Police Commander says that residents intimated to him that, the assailant fled to Kapyanga Sub County where his alleged accomplices sped off with him in a small vehicle which is an Ipsum. However, efforts to trail them were frustrated after the police patrol vehicle suffered a flat tyre.

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Mutumba 60 has been serving as the Iwemba deputy county Khadi and is survived by one wife, Safina Nabirye and ten children.

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