By Alex Kalangi
Eighteen (18) Boda-Boda 2010 suspects who were apprehended by Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) operatives last week have been released as investigations continue.
This comes after investigators screened more than 30 members that were rounded up and 18 were found not to have been involved in the murder of Case Hospital chief accountant Francis Ekalugar and other related crimes.
However, UPDF Spokesperson, Brig.Richard Karemire confirmed that the group’s head Abdallah Kittata remained behind bars to help in the ongoing tense investigations about the murder of the late Ekalugar.
“we have released some of the suspects whom we found were not involved in the criminal activities that we we’re investigating but we shall keep monitoring their ways, but Kittata will remain with us for now” ,He said .
He added that some of the released suspects were arrested when they tried to resist military from arresting the suspected criminals.
Boda Boda 2010 patron, Abdallah Kitatta, his brother Kiwalabye Huzairu, Mawa Muzamiru, a driver to Dr. Ssebale Kato – the Case hospital proprietor, two Congolese nationals Muhindo and Bizimani David have remained in detention as investigations into who gruesomely kidnaped, murdered and later burnt to ashes former case Hospital chief accountant Francis Ekalugar at Kajansi continue. The suspects are expected to appear before court next week to face charges of murder, among others.
The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) swung into action last week and arrested Abdallah Kitatta, the head of the infamous vigilante-cum-militia outfit, Boda Boda 2010 in connection with the murder of a Case clinic accountant Francis Ekalugar.
Kitatta, who doubles as NRM Chairperson for Lubaga Division was arrested alongside 27 others in a joint operation with other sister security agencies. Kitatta is a re-known ally of police boss Gen.Kale Kayihura.
Ekalugar was kidnapped early this year on January 2nd, while on his way to the bank. His body was found burnt in Kajjansi the following day. Captain Deo Akiiki, UPDF’s Spokesperson said they conducted a joint operation following leads from inside sources.
This led to the arrest of Huzairu Kiwalabye, one of the key suspects. According to Captain Akiiki, after interrogating Kiwalabye, the investigators found the need to make further arrests and picked up 28 suspects including Kitatta, the brother to Kiwalabye.