The Muslim cleric in Mbale district who was found dead a day after he went missing could have been mentally ill, the Uganda Police has said. The body of Sheikh Issa Wampongo, a duat teacher at Yusra Primary School in Nakaloke, and a businessman in Mbale district, was this morning found lying in a stream in Kachumbala in Bukedea district at a place called Kireka, Mailo Mukaga.
Dr Jjemba, a lecturer of Religion and Peace, told the International Crimes Division of the High Court ICD that tension within the fraternity arose when Sheikh Yunus Kamoga refused to hand over the office of the Kampala District Amir.
Appearing as the fourth prosecution witness in a case in which 14 people are facing trial for masterminding attacks against senior Muslim clerics across the country, Dr Moses Byaruhanga told court that the killers were at a close range of 100cm or less.
According to an amended charge sheet, the 14 suspects and others still at large are accused of indiscriminately involving themselves in the attempted murder or attack on Ssonko Najib, Bahiga Mustapha, Umar Swadiq, Ibrahim Hassan Kirya, Mahamood Kibaate, Haruna Jemba and Omulangira Kassim Nakibinge.
Prosecution alleges that Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, the leader of the Tabligh sect and others, directed systematic attacks against Shia and Tabligh Muslims, in a wave of attacks in which several clerics were killed.
High Court Judge Duncan Gaswaga confirmed the charges against the 15 after weighing evidence presented by the prosecution and found that indeed there is sufficient incriminating evidence for the suspects to stand trial.
Through their lawyers, Fred Muwema and Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, the suspect claim, that they are often picked up from Luzira government prison where they are on remand by Police Officers and dragged before Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police to write statements implicating Kamoga and Dr. Kiyingi.
The suspects are accused of planning the murder of top Muslim clerics in the country early last year. These include the murder of Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga at Bwebajja along Entebbe Road, Sheikh Abdulkadir Muwaya in Mayuge District and Sheikh Hassan Kirya at Bweyogerere in Wakiso District.
The Police Chief Kale Kayihura accused the two officers of failing to investigate several murders in the region. Reports indicate that over five people have been gunned down in Mayuge district in the last ten months but none of the murders have been investigated successfully.