Kayihura Reappoints Alleged Kagame Bodyguard Kidnapper

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Aguma is famously remembered for helping in the illegal rendition of a key Rwandan Refugee and Presidential guard Lt Joel Mutabazi. Mutabazi was at that time under UNHCR protection and had applied for asylum status awaiting approval.

Police Chief Kale Kayihura has re-appointed the controversial Assistant Commissioner Of Police Joel Aguma to the Crime Intelligence Directorate.


In a directive sent to Police commissioners, Kale Kayihura says that he has with immediate effect appointed Joel Aguma to the Deputy Director position at the Crime Intelligence Directorate. Aguma will fall directly under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola.


Aguma is famously remembered for helping in the illegal rendition of a key Rwandan Refugee and President Kagame's former body guard , Lt Joel Mutabazi. Mutabazi was at that time under United Nations High Commissioner For Refugee's protection awaiting approval of his for asylum status application.


He was however arrested on orders of Joel Aguma and renditioned to Uganda with no court proceedings or existing extradition treaty. Aguma, returns to a job after eight months of suspension. He was being investigated  by the Police Standards Unit.


Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga told URN that Joel Aguma had been investigated and cleared by the Police Standards Unit.  He added that Aguma was found innocent of the charges that had been brought against him.

He however said he could not avail a copy of the investigations because he didn't have a copy. UNHCR filed repeated complaints against Joel Aguma accusing him of conspiring to illegally rendition Rwandan refugees to face court martial proceedings in Rwanda.


Lt Joel  Mutabazi is currently standing treason charges in Rwanda. He was a former bodyguard to President Paul Kagame but fell out with the state over unknown reasons. After his fall out he was detained in Rwanda for over a year and escaped to Uganda where he sought UNHCR protection.

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.