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Police arrest wrong man for Mowzey Radio 'murder'

Ivan Muhihi (L) was wrongly arrested due to his resemblance to Godfrey Wamala (R) the main suspect in Mowzey Radio 'murder' 

In a case of mistaken identity, police in Fort Portal arrested a man they suspected to have taken part in the murder of musician Moses Sekibogo alias Mowzey Radio. 

Ivan Muhihi, a resident of Kireka in Kampala, hailing from Rukingiri district was arrested at 6.30am on Sunday at the Glue Pot bar in Fort Portal town according to Musa Tibakirana, the Kabarole district police commander.

Later released, Muhihi is a look-alike to the main suspect Godfrey Wamala, a bouncer at the De Bar in Entebbe from where Mowzey is said to have sustained head injuries that eventually led to his death.

Tibakirana explains that they received information from revellers at the bar that there was a bearded man who resembles Wamala, who is on police's wanted list over the death of Mowzey. 

He says that police detectives were dispatched to the bar and arrested the man. He was then taken to Fort Portal police station and upon interrogation, it was established that police had arrested the wrong man.

Wamala is variously mentioned as having been involved in brawl with Mowzey on the night of January 22. The 33-year-old singer died on February 1 at Case hospital where he had been hospitalised after reportedly sustaining head injuries during the fight. 

Wamala has since gone missing.

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+1 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-02-05 11:18
That is how incompetent our police is, what was wrong with asking the guy to identify himself before being arrested.

It is a pity that the police should have gone into the bar, arrested the man without saying a word only to be embarrassed later upon doing what they should have done first.
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+1 #2 Kelly 2018-02-05 13:07
Assuming it was to "shoot and kill on spot", God forbid what would have happened.

So is police going to officially apologize to him and the public for this incompetence and lack of professionalism? I doubt!!
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0 #3 wazza 2018-02-05 14:16
Quoting WADADA rogers:
That is how incompetent our police is, what was wrong with asking the guy to identify himself before being arrested.

It is a pity that the police should have gone into the bar, arrested the man without saying a word only to be embarrassed later upon doing what they should have done first.


I agree. The incompetence of this police is not a secret and it is embarrassing that they exhibit it in broad view of everyone.

Before arresting the suspect for alleged murder, why didn't they arrest him first for assault after the incident took place??

Then after Radio passing on, the case changes to murder!! So that means after the bar fight, the said suspect was considered not to have committed an offense.

What kind of police is this! and they have the guts to parade the suspect for murder. Sh*thole indeed!
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+1 #4 Odongkara 2018-02-05 14:27
Quoting Kelly:
Assuming it was to "shoot and kill on spot", God forbid what would have happened.

So is police going to officially apologize to him and the public for this incompetence and lack of professionalism? I doubt!!


The officer who authorized the wrongful arrest in more advanced governments would immediately resign to avoid embarrassment to the government and the police institution because of his/her incompetence.

But in our banana republic it's business as usual not unusual!
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0 #5 Lakwena 2018-02-05 17:16
In other words, in order not to hang an innocent man, it better to release all murder suspects.
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0 #6 Zaitun 2018-02-06 10:23
I can not understand how the police confused Ivan to be identical to Wamala.

Nowhere can any one understand how a man with all his hair on the head could be mistaken for a bald one. Secondly did the police post Wamala's photo to their regional and district posts to ensure such an arrest?

The police simply wanted to do a hurried job to give satisfaction to the family of the deceased and Ugandans at large.

Mr Ivan has all his rights to sue a failing police and government to court for innocently arresting and calling him a killer for a crime he had not committed, and for incompetence.

In a democratic country where human rights are respected, Mr Ivan Muhihi would have the law to his side for to demand for compensation.
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0 #7 alidan simon koma 2018-02-06 10:31
I advise muhihi to sue the police forces for compensation for all the ills meted on him
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