There's uncertainty on the whereabouts of the two rifles and ammunition allegedly recovered by operatives of the Special Forces Command (SFC) from a hotel room occupied by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi in Arua last month.
The guns were paraded in Arua and later used to justify the initial charge of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, for which Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine, was arraigned before the General Court Martial. The charges were later dropped, before the popular legislator was charged with treason alongside 32 others.
According to a source in police, investigators in the cases related to the chaos that preceded the parliamentary by-election in Arua incident, have received neither the file nor the exhibits that were being used by the Army court in Gulu.
"Up to now we are waiting for the file and the guns to be given to the investigators so that the case of being in unlawful possession of firearms can move forward," the source said.
One of the senior investigators at the Kibuli based Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) who spoke on condition of anonymity says none of the people investigating the Arua incident has had a glimpse on the paraded guns.
There are about five police officers in the entire force that have looked at the guns. That is the West Nile region police spokesperson Josephine Angucia and the suspended Regional Police Commander (RPC) Jonathan Musinguzi as well as the scene of crime officer in the region and two crime intelligence personnel," the senior detective said.
However, the spokesperson of the ministry of Defence and UPDF Brig Richard Karemire said, there was no way the guns could still be in the hands of the UPDF since the same exhibits are to be used in the treason case already before the Gulu Chief Magistrate's court.
"You can’t separate the guns from the file. The case has a file, so when you drop a case, you drop it together with the file…The investigation on the treason case continues. Definitely the police keeps the guns," said Karemire.
Police in Arua town paraded two AK-47 riffles with 30 rounds of ammunitions each alleged to have been picked from Bobi Wine's hotel room at Hotel Pacific. They also paraded a pistol with eight rounds of ammunition which belongs to newly elected Arua municipality member of parliament Kassiano Wadri, several mobile phones, red caps, T-shirts, among other items.
Two days later, Bobi Wine was charged before the General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti with being in possession with warfare material a reserve of the armed forces.