Wakiso Magistrate's court has charged and remanded a key suspect in the murder of former Buyende district police commander Muhammad Kirumira.
The suspect Abubakar Kalungi, a 47 year-old carpenter and resident of Mirimi Zone, Makindye-Ssabagabo in Wakiso district appeared before Grade One magistrate Martin Kirya under tight security.
Kalungi was charged with two accounts of murder. According to prosecution, Kalungi and other suspects still at large, on September 8 at 9pm at Bulenga town in Wakiso District, shot and killed Kirumira and Nalinya Mbabazi who were seated inside a car.
The state prosecutor Josephine Nanyonga asked court for more time to carry out more inquiries. Magistrate Kirya didn't allow Kalungi to enter plea, saying that the court does not have the jurisdiction to hear capital offences. He remanded Kalungi to Kigo prison until October 19 when the case will be brought for mention.
16 suspects have since been arrested in connection to the murders. Among the suspects is a police officer, Godfrey Ssenono, the officer in charge operations at Old Kampala police station, former operatives of the Flying Squad and the 9 suspects rounded up in a raid last weekend from a suspected terror cell in Namungoona, a Kampala suburb.
During the operation, another suspect identified as Abdul Katerega was shot and died on the way to hospital. Katerega was a former member of the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebel group who was given amnesty after being arrested in 2001 on charges of terrorism where he was accused of participating in the throwing of bombs in Kampala and Jinja districts.