The Rakai Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Officer, who had been transferred last week before solving the case of nine slain family members, has been reinstated.
The Rakai Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Officer, who had been transferred last week before solving the case of nine slain family members
, has been reinstated.
Taban Chiriga returned to office Wednesday morning after protests from residents, Kyebe Pentecostal Church members, district leaders and family members of the deceased persons.
Chiriga told Uganda Radio Network that he was reinstated to proceed with investigations into the murder case.
Information about his transfer to the CIID Headquarters in Kampala, provoked mixed reactions among his investigating team and district leaders.
They further questioned the move and demanded for reinstatement saying that his transfer had created doubt whether investigations in the Mugambe family murder would be completed.
One of the detectives, who preferred anonymity, confessed that since Chiriga\'s departure, they had not made any progress on the case.
Charles Njuba, the Kyebe Sub-county Councilor, says Chiriga\'s return comes as a relief for Kyebe residents and the entire district.
Agnes Namusitwa, the female councilor for Kyebe Sub-county, has appealed to the IGP Kale Kayihura to strengthen Chiriga\'s working team for effectiveness of the service in the district.
Fred Kiryowa, the late Mugambe\'s brother, says they are happy that the man at the centre of investigations has returned to handle the case. He explains that Mugambe\'s parents had lost hope following information about Chiriga\'s transfer.
Unknown assailants attacked Pastor Steven Mugambe\'s family on January 13, 2013, killed him, his wife Noelina Nalinya and seven other visiting family members with machetes and axes. The incident occurred at Kanabulemu village in Kyebe Sub-county.
The other victims were Bena Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo.
Former rally driver and fish dealer Ponsiano Lwakataka was arrested in connection to the murder and jointly charged with Asuman Muddu (18), Vincent Fagesi, a Tanzanian national on file Kasensero CRB 015/13.
Francis Tumwesigye, the District Police Commander, confirmed Chiriga\'s return saying that in police changes are expected anytime.