Musana Thrown Out of CID

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No message was released to the effect of either his transfer or suspension as the Inspector General of Police IGP Kale Kayihura used telephone directives to communicate to Musana, Obwona and the Director CID Grace Akullo on July 7, 2016.

The Police Deputy Director Criminal Investigations Godfrey Musana has been removed from office for allegedly mismanaging investigations into murder of Muslim clerics.
 
Musana has been replaced by Detective Joseph Obwona, a senior commissioner of police who has been working  in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

Musana has been in the criminal investigations directorate for more than 10 years, 5 of which as deputy Director. He had been given the responsibility of handling all serious murder cases until recently when he was quietly asked to leave office.

No message was released to the effect of either his transfer or suspension as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura used telephone directives to communicate to Musana, Obwona and the Director CID Grace Akullo on July 7, 2016.

A reliable source at CID who preferred anonymity told URN that Musana had come one morning and on the orders of the IGP removed all his things from office.

"At first we could not understand what was happening but we were later informed that he had been replaced because something went wrong in the investigations into murder of Muslims clerics,"  he says.

URN has learnt that relatives of the suspects into the murders filed a complaint to Kayihura in May 2016 indicating that the suspects had been tortured by the investigators and were being forced to pin their colleagues.

A similar complaint of torture and bribery was raised in Court towards the end of June when the suspects appeared at the High Court International Crimes Division for trial, only this time the complaint was against Kayihura.

When contacted, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga refused to comment on the issue saying he was not aware of what was happening.

"I have not seen any message or communication transferring or suspending Afande Musana. He could be on leave. I really cant comment on the matter," Enanga said.

A close look at records at the professional Standards Unit (PSU) reveals that no complaint of case mismanagement was filed by police management against Musana.

The removal of Musana comes at a time when Kayihura had given him serious cases to investigate like the cases against Jamil Mukulu, the detained leader of the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebel group, the case of the July 11th terror suspects who were released this year, murder of Muslims clerics among many others.

At least 12 Muslim clerics in Uganda have been ambushed and killed within the last two years. 

 

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Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

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