November 27, 2021

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Killing Sheikh Kirevu, terror suspects suspicious- Nganda

Shiekh Kirevu Abbas

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The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has condemned the killing of suspects by Police or any other security agency.

It has become very common to kill suspects who moreover are handcuffed, said FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda on Monday while addressing press at Najjanankumbi party headquarters.

The standard claim by Police is that the suspects were confronting their personnel or were attempting to flee.

He said Sheik Muhammad Kilevu is the latest victim of this state inspired killing.

“While as a party, we cannot affirm Sheik Kilevu’s innocence or guilt, we condemn his murder because that is not what our Constitution provides.”

Article 28 of the Ugandan Constitution presumes every suspect innocent until proved guilty or until that person pleads guilty.

The killing of Sheik Kilevu therefore qualifies as extra judicial killing and those who committed it, will one day be personally held responsible, Nganda noted.

All the earlier suspects in the attempted assassination of Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala were murdered by Police and military men in suspicious circumstances.

He said they were first arrested, handcuffed, blindfolded, driven around and then shot dead.

“This is deliberate and it appears to be the new policy of the Museveni administration. In fact, those that were not murdered were severally tortured. An embarrassed Museveni came out to condemn torture. The latest Museveni is however now justifying the extra judicial murder of Sheik Kilevu.”

The Constitution, Penal Code and Anti-Terrorism Act, provide severe punishment for murderers and terrorists.

Why not present evidence before a special court, have the suspects sentenced to death and sign a certificate to have them hanged, Nganda wondered.

He said nobody is condemning Police for arresting anyone.

“Killing suspects creates suspicion as to whether they were guilty in the first place. This is unacceptable and it must stop immediately.”

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