The Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) has confirmed the arrest of Abdul Kitatta, the head of the infamous vigilante-cum-militia outfit, Boda Boda 2010 in connection with the murder of a Case clinic accountant Francis Ekalugar.
Kitatta, the NRM chairperson for Lubaga division was arrested alongside 27 others, now in custody following joint operations between the army and sister security agencies. Kitatta is a known ally of police boss Kale Kayihura.
Ekalugar was kidnapped this year on January 2, while on his way to the bank. His body was found burnt in Kajjansi the following day. Captain Deo Akiiki, the deputy UPDF spokesperson, says they conducted a joint operation on Friday following leads from inside sources.
This led to the arrest of Huzairu Kiwalabye, one of the key suspects. According to Captain Akiiki, after interrogating Kiwalabye, the investigators found the need to make further arrests and picked up 28 suspects including Kitatta, the brother to Kiwalabye.
He says there were attempts by some sympathizers to obstruct the arrest, which was overcome by security. The others included Mawa Muzamiru, a driver to Dr Ssebale Kato, the proprietor of Case clinic, Kikandi Muhindo and David Bizimani - Congolese nationals at whose residence the vehicle of the late Ekalugar was found.
John Ssebandeke, Fred Bwanika, Hassan Ssengoba, Joel Kibirige, Jonathan Kayondo, Sunday Ssemogerere Kiseka,Sadam Ssemogerere, Asaf Barigye,Joseph Nsindazi, Ngobi Sowali,Thomas Arinaitwe, Ibrahim Ssekaja, Frank Ssozi, Shaban Kirya and Hussein Mugema are also under custody.
The others are Joram Kagajju, Hassan Ssebata, Matia Ssenfuka,John Kiddugavu, Godfrey Kasirye, Enock Lukyamuzi, Laurence Ssengonzi, Amon Twinomujuni, Frank Makumbi, and Thomas Kanyamudali.
The 28 suspects are being held at Kireka police station as investigations continue. Akiiki says UPDF shall continue working with all other security agencies to guarantee peace and security in the country, adding that there is no cause of alarm.