Members of Parliament on Thursday tasked the State Minister for
Internal Affairs Obiga Kania to explain failure by the police to investigate
high profile criminal cases.
Kania together with the Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen.
Sabiiti Muzeyi was appearing before Parliament Defence Committee to respond to
a number of outstanding administrative and operational issues within the
During the meeting, Muwanga Kivumbi, the shadow Minister for Internal Affairs pointed out that there are several murder
cases which are still pending more than five years after the crime and that the
suspects have never been committed to court.
He says that this inaction is cruel to the suspects who have remained
incarcerated in congested prisons awaiting trial.
Kivumbi who was supported by the Rukiga County MP Herbert Kabafunzaki
pointed to statistics that provided an indictment of the forces record in
handling these high profile cases.
Citing the murder case of the late Assistant Inspector General of Police
-AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Kivumbi went further to suggest that most of those
who have their cases delayed for years are suspects of the Muslim faith.
Some of the 50 cases under investigation or waiting fixing for hearing
are the murder of Sheik Dukhtur Muwayaand Treasvouri Thomas Peterri a
Finnish national. The MPs have also taken interest in unsolved cases like some
of the Entebbe women murders and the murder of former Arua Municipality MP
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Obiga Kania in his defence argued that his ministry is part of the
Justice law and order sector (JLOS) under which several organs work through
coordinated and integrated activities noting that it was unfair for MPs to
target the police force and apportion blame before speaking to all organs of
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The committee has resolved to organize a
retreat and hear from all the respective organs under
the JLOS in order to get
a full picture of the situation.