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Badru Kimbugwe, the Gangu B Village Defense Secretary told our reporter that the heavily armed operatives informed them that they had picked up Naggayi because she is the wife of Sheikh Bukenya, whom they described as a rebel commander.
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Sheikh Abu Ubaida Badir Diin Bukenya, the purported leader of the assassins who shot former Chief of Defense Forces-CDF, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala is unknown to local leaders and residents of Gangu B village in Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality in Wakiso district. 

Sheikh Bukenya is on the police wanted list for the attack on Gen. Katumba along Kisota road in Kisaasi Kampala on June 01, 2021. Gen, Katumba escaped with bullet wounds but his daughter, Brenda Nantongo and driver, Haruna Kayondo lost their lives when four assassins riding on two motorcycles riddled Gen Katumba’s military vehicle with bullets.      

Recently, a combined team of operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence –CMI, Crime Intelligence-CI and Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce- JATT raided Gangu B in Wakiso district and picked up Marriam Naggayi claiming that she is one of the wives of Sheikh Bukenya.  

Badru Kimbugwe, the Gangu B Village Defense Secretary told our reporter that the heavily armed operatives informed them that they had picked up Naggayi because she is the wife of Sheikh Bukenya, whom they described as a rebel commander. However, Kimbugwe says that as area leaders they do not know of any resident with that name.     

The Area LC I Chairperson, Lawrence Magala also noted that he does not know of any Sheikh Bukenya or Hajjati Naggayi for the 35 years he has been leading Gangu B village.  

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Our reporter visited an enclosed area where Naggayi was picked and found it a very quiet environment. People living inside the gated rentals told URN on condition of anonymity that soldiers and police officers cordoned off the area and ordered them to stay put.

They revealed that the three hour’s search was very tense, adding that security brushed off their inquiries on why they were arresting their neighbour.

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Although residents could not tell exactly when Naggayi moved to the area, they said she was very reserved and stayed with four children. Some locals said they had known Naggayi for a year, others two years while a few said it was over three years.

Shafic Ssenkabirwa, an artisan who was training Naggayi’s elder son said for the time she has known her, he had never seen her husband. One of the three people arrested in the area told URN on condition of anonymity that Naggayi often told her that her husband travelled overseas for work. 

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Ssenkabirwa said he is not sure whether he will be arrested or not because he was training Naggayi’s son to make craft shoes.      

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Naggayi who was taken for several days was returned at the weekend with bruises, according to locals. They claimed that pus was oozing from some of her body parts presenting a picture of a person who had been tortured.     

Naggayi closed the house and no one knows her whereabouts. Her children are said to have been picked up by a person who identified herself as Naggayi’s sister. At least 22 suspects have since been arrested in relation to Gen. Katumba’s shooting. 

Four of the suspects including Hussein Lubwama alias Master, Edris Sserwadda, Saidi Juma and Mustafa Kawawa alias Amin were shot dead while eight others were charged and remanded to prison.    

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