The state has dropped Aggrey Kiyingi, a Ugandan-Australian based doctor, from the terrorism trial of former rebel leader Jamil Mukulu and more than 30 others.
In the amended indictment consented to by John Baptist Asiimwe, a senior assistant director of public prosecutions, and presented to court on August 23, the accused are jointly charged with 20 counts of terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and membership to the Allied Democratic Forces, a terrorist organisation, and the Salaf Islamic sect.
The offences are alleged to have been committed in the districts of Mayuge, Namayingo, Bugiri, Iganga, Jinja, Mbale, Budaka, Wakiso, Tororo, Mukono and Kampala between 2012 and 2015.
The DPP intends to adduce evidence to prove that there were conflicts among Muslim sects, most remarkably among the Salaf members themselves, on the mode of worship. These conflicts manifested in several attacks on individuals opposed to the ideology of the Salaf, resulting into deaths.
The attacks are alleged to have started with the murder of Sheikh Yunus Abubakeri Madangu on August 18, 2012 at Bwola zone in Bugiri district. The point of contention was the direction (kiblah) to face during worship.
The deceased favoured the Salaf view of facing north during prayers while all the accused were in favour of facing south. The deceased and others who opposed the change chased those who were in favour from the mosque, who included Rashid Kalenge (A24), Yusuf Abdu Musobya, Sheikh Swalahudin Baligeya and others.
On August 18, immediately after prayers, Nabangi (A3) and Sheikh Kawule (A25) allegedly murdered the deceased.
“Evidence will be adduced to show that Abdullah (A2) was overall commander of all the operations in Busoga region; while Wasigu was the spiritual leader of the gang and had greatly influenced and directed their operations in which they resolved to acquire guns by robbing the police, army, local guards and any available source”, the indictment partly says.
The group allegedly recruited a soldier, Sgt John Woori (A7) alias Tango, who used to hire the AK47 rifle No56-131006417 (09505) from his police relative Cpl Martin Alex Engwau, a night guard at the IGG’s office in Tororo.
Other alleged crimes include Sheikh Muwaya’s murder. Evidence will be presented to show that in December 2014, Wesiku organised a meeting attended by Kabambwe, Abdul Swabul Kimbugwe alias Musamoza (A16), Adam Siraje and Yahaya and they resolved to murder Sheikh Ductoor Kadir Muwaya, a prominent Shia Muslim sect leader.
On the fateful night, Siraji allegedly followed the deceased from the mosque after evening prayers. Muwaya was allegedly shot by Musomoza. Kitambwe allegedly rode the getaway motorcycle carrying Afani Muhammad Mbuya ((A17).
Others murdered include; Tito Okware, the LC-III chairman Buyinja in February 2012. On February 15, 2015 in Namayingo, two police officers; Muzamiru Babale and Karim Tenywa who were guarding Justice Faith Mwondha’s village home were waylaid by Kabambwe and shot dead.
Their guns were later recovered from one of the houses under construction at Umar Muk’atar Islamic Centre owned by Wanjala.
On the night of July 8, 2014 Kabambwe, transported by Mosomoze on a motorcycle, allegedly shot dead John Stephen Owor, who was guarding Mayuge Farmers Association store and stole his gun.
On the night of April 23, 2014 Kimbugwe allegedly transported Kabambwe who allegedly shot down Cpl Julius Owor.
In the night of May 7, 2014, Kabambwe was transported on a motorcycle by Kimbugwe and allegedly shot dead Sgt Butala who was guarding Electoral Commission offices at Namayingo. On July 3, 2014 Stephen Macho, a businessman at Matere trading centre, Bugiri district was allegedly waylaid and killed by Kabambwe and Moze.
On September 16, 2012, Abdu Jawadu Sentuga, a businessman at Namayemba in Bugiri, was shot dead.
On the night of December 12, 2014 Kabambwe allegedly shot dead security guard Joseph Abura and fled with his gun and 10 rounds of ammunition.
On the night of September 26, 2013 at Budde village in Bigiri district, Muku, Kabambwe, Sgt Tanga Owor (A7) and Abdu Malik (A10) attacked Jawadi Lusala alias Okudum at his residence. They allegedly forced Lusala to surrender Shs 2m, 11 grams of gold valued then at Shs 1m, two mobile phones, and a digital gold weighing scale.
On the night of July 12, 2013, three armed men dressed in army uniforms trailed Mwamadi Magolo, a businessman at Nambuku trading centre, in his Isuzu truck Reg. No. UAK 933X and as he was calling his wife Hajira Nanfuka to open for him, they allegedly kicked him before robbing his Shs 6m and three mobile phones.
Prosecution says it will adduce evidence to show that the alleged murders and robberies were part of a systematic plan agreed upon by the gang and approved by Mukulu to weaken the government and instill fear in the population.
Mukulu was arrested in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania towards the end of April, 2015 with Muhammad Matovu (A26) and Omar Abdullah Mutuka (A27) and extradited to Uganda before he was first charged in Jinja.