By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Government’s Attorney General William Byaruhanga is currently unsettled over the acquisition of a firearm for his partner lawyer Andrew Kasirye despite government’s halt on the issuance of arms to private individuals.
According to our sources, Mr. Byaruhanga used his position as Attorney General to intimidate junior officers to have a gun licensed to Andrew Kasirye.
It is worthy noting that In 2018, the security issued a halt in licensing of firearms to private individuals after allegations that the rampant murders in the country by then were linked to the private firearms in the hands of individuals.
According to the letter titled ‘Recommendation for Andrew Kasirye to be granted a firearm license’ that was issued by William Byaruhanga to Minister of Internal Affairs Jeje Odongo In April 2018, confirmed that, because Kasirye had been awarded the rank of Senior Counsel by the Law Council of Uganda it was a qualification for him to be issued with a firearm license.
It reads in full;
“I have been requested by Mr. Kasirye for a recommendation for purposes of obtaining a firearm license under the Firearms Act 1970. He has informed me that the Luwero Industries Limited has offered for sale to him a new pistol NP349MM Serial No BO19885. A copy of the letter dated April 13, 2018is appended hereto for case reference”. Mr. Byaruhanga wrote.
He further added “Mr Kasirye has been practicing as an Advocate since April 16, 1986 and has since 1991 been my partner in the firm of Kasirye, Byaruhanga and Company Advocates. he was recently awarded the rank of Senior Counsel by the Law Council of Uganda. I am therefore, well qualified to attest that he is a citizen of good standing and indeed a fit and proper person to be issued with a firearm license”.
However, TheSpy Uganda has learnt that whereas Byaruhanga was well qualified to recommend his partner for the firearm, the time was suspicious given the ban on the issuance of guns.
It is also alleged that what prompted the questioning of this whole process was the saga recently that involved Mr. Byaruhanga and and another top businessman over a land dispute along Entebbe Road. It is alleged the saga that degenerated into a personal fight saw guns drawn by one of the two.