The prosecution told Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court presided over by Dr. Douglas Singiza, that between 2021 and January 2022 while in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC, the ex- Guantanamo inmate in Cuba together with others still at large, belonged or professed to belong to ADF, a designated terror organization.
Ex Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Jamal Kiyemba Appearing Before Court
Jamal Kiyemba alias Tonny Kiyemba, the Imam of Masjid Taqwa
Zana in Kirimanyanga Zone in Makindye Ssabagabo Division in Wakiso District has
appeared before the court on allegations of belonging to the rebel Allied
Democratic Forces- ADF.
The prosecution told Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court
presided over by Dr. Douglas Singiza, that between 2021 and January 2022 while
in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC, the ex- Guantanamo Bay inmate in
Cuba together with others still at large, belonged or professed to belong to
ADF, a designated terror organization.
Dr. Singiza didn’t allow Kiyembe to plead to the charges on
grounds that his court lacks jurisdiction to try capital offences. He informed
Kiyemba that he will be tried by the High Court, which also has the mandate to
entertain his bail application should he be interested in gaining temporary
However, Kiyemba through his lawyer Geoffrey Turyamusiima
argued that the Chief Magistrate’s Court has the jurisdiction to try his
offence under the law. In his response, the Magistrate said that he was trying
to be careful and asked Turyamusiima to write to him officially quoting the
specific laws. He accordingly remanded him to Luzira prison until May 16th
2022 as investigations are ongoing.
According to Kiyemba's lawyer, his client
was picked up from the old taxi park in Kampala in January 2022 but the records
before the Court show that he was arrested from the Democratic Republic of
Congo and detained at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence in Mbuya. The available information shows that Kiyemba went to the
United Kingdom in 1998 at the age of 20 years to study for a Degree in Pharmacy.
He was however arrested in Pakistan in 2002
together with a US operative and suspected Alqaeda terrorists while trying to
enter Afghanistan. Kiyemba was reportedly born Anthony Kiyemba and converted to
Islam following the death of his father and changed his name to Jamal Kiyemba.
According to online sources, he was granted an indefinite stay in Britain before
he ended up in Pakistan.
He was then detained at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for four
years before being released in 2006 after Muslim activists intervened on his
behalf. Records further show that Kiyemba was later released and
compensated with a whopping one million Euros (Shillings 3.7 billion) worth of British Tax Payer's money for false imprisonment and human rights abuse before
being deported to Uganda.
The records also show that Kiyemba was subsequently
arrested in Uganda in April 2015 in relation to the murder of State Attorney
Joan Namazzi Kagezi on March 30th, 2015. Unknown assassins riding on
motorcycles gunned down Kagezi on her way home in Kiwatule, a Kampala City
Suburb. Despite the arrest of several suspects, none has been tried
successfully and convicted for the murder.
Recently, president, Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni directed the attorney general to work on the extradition of Kagezi’s
killers despite the fact he failed short of mentioning their names and where
they are found.