Former M23 Combatant Arrested in Kagadi

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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Regional Police spokesperson, says the suspect was apprehended by residents of Miraza village in Mbefu Sub County in Kagadi district on Tuesday who became suspicious when they saw him roasting bananas by the roadside in the night.

Kagadi Police are holding a former member of the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Regional Police spokesperson identifies the suspect as Ezra Bahati.

 
According to Hakiza, Bahati was apprehended by residents of Miraza village in Mbefu Sub County in Kagadi district on Tuesday who became suspicious when they saw him roasting bananas by the roadside in the night.

 
The residents handed over the suspect to Mbefu police post where he spent a night before being transferred to Kagadi Central Police Station. 

He says on interrogation, the suspect who only speaks Swahili told police that he escaped from the Congolese jungles when M23 was defeated by government troops in 2014 and settled in Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Hoima district.
 

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At the time of his arrest, Bahati was reportedly tracing his way to Lake Albert to cross back into DRC citing the poor conditions in the refugee camp where he has spent the last two years. 

He says no charges have been preferred against the suspect as police is working with sister security agencies to carry out further investigations.  Meanwhile Police in Hoima are holding Ashraf Muzale, a resident of Iganga district for illegal gun possession. 

Hakiza says Muzale was apprehended by residents of Nyairongo village in Hoima district when they found him moving with a gun in a bag while searching for petty jobs in the cultivation area. 

On interrogation, Muzale told police that he picked the gun form Kasangati in Wakiso district the February riots.
 

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Hakiza says the recovered gun is registration number SAR-TB 4495. By the time of filing this story, police had not yet pressed any charges against Muzale.
 

 

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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.