Uganda: Family of Killed Muslim Cleric Says He was Shot Dead by Presidential Guards, Bobi Wine Condemns Extra judicial Killings, Govt to Start Monitoring Madrasa

    Family members of Sheikh Muhammad Kirevu have disputed the police narrative that he was shot dead on Thursday for trying to resist arrest.

    The senior Muslim cleric in Makindye Ssabagabo Division, Wakiso district was killed yesterday at his other home in Katereke-Nsangi, Kyengera township on suspicions of running a terror cell.

    Ahamad Kyamanyi, Kirevu's deputy Imam, who was found at the home of the deceased, told URN that on Wednesday, security operatives raided the home of Imam Abbas after midnight, arrested family members whom they questioned about Kirevu's whereabouts.    

    Kyamanyi explains that the operatives pounced on the deceased’s elder son, Lukeman Kirevu and beat him until he accepted to take them where his father had slept in Nsangi. The operatives who were reportedly moving in two minibuses locally known as 'drone' took Lukeman, his mother only identified as Mama Lukeman, her daughter Bushira Kirevu to Nsangi where Kirevu was found.

    Bushira said moments after arresting their father in Nsangi, they were put in a different vehicle to drive them back home, but after a short distance, they heard gunshots in the second vehicle where their father had been placed.

    “Our vehicle did not stop. They drove us back here [in Makindye], but in the morning, we only got information from the chairman in Nsangi that our father was killed while trying to escape," narrated a tearful Bushira.

    Kyamanyi said that they still don’t know anything that could have resulted in the death of Kirevu. He says after an earlier house search, one officer informed them that they should go and pick Kirevu's body from Mulago mortuary.

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    Meanwhile, National Unity Platform party President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has condemned the extra judicial killing of Sheikh Abas Muhammad aka Kirevu by Uganda’s security operatives on Thursday morning in Nsangi, Wakiso district.

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    “We want to know what messages they are preaching inside these mosques,” Otafiire intimiated. “We don’t want young people to be misled and oriented into terror activities. As government, we shall step in and regulate that indoctrination,” he added Read more

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