Twelfth Muslim cleric killed in Uganda

Total number of Muslim leaders killed in Uganda in the past two years up to twelve after latest murder

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Another Muslim cleric was shot last night in Uganda on his way home, raising the total number of Muslim leader killed in Uganda in the past two years to twelve, while the motives and suspects are undefined.

According to Anadolu Agency, Ugandan Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the death of Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan Kirya.

“We have a murder and we don’t have a motive or suspect, but we have commenced inquiries into the whole matter,” Enanga said.

“We want to see what our teams that went out into the night have got, since the incident occurred and we are taking every effort to see to it that the perpetrators are tracked down,” he added.

Hassan Kirya was trailed by motor cyclists, commonly known as boda bodas, before being shot dead. The same method was used in two executions carried out within the past seven months.  

“He was shot in front of a fruit stall where he was buying fruits in Bweyogerere a Kampala suburb,” the police spokesperson said.

“We have managed to charge a number of people and previously witnesses have confessed how the organised racket operates (of the last murder of Shiekh Mustapha Bahiga in December 2014),” Enanga  told AA.

“Twelve  people being charged with murder including the Amir Ummah Sheikh Suleiman Kamoga,” he said.   

Sheikh Hassan Kirya was one of the people who were offered security by the police after the back-to-back killing of Muslim clerics in the country, but Enanga said Kirya had “just parted ways with his bodyguard” before he was killed.

“The assailants who must have been trailing him took advantage and shot him.”

The Secretary General of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, Al Hajji Muhammad Kisambira, expressed his lamentations and dissatisfaction with the efforts of the police.

“The last time the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kaihura came here he said it was members of the Allied Democratic Forces that are behind these killings, but we have not seen anyone linked to the ADF brought before Court.”

“Even those they arrested are yet to be taken before a High Court for trial with sufficient evidence, only then shall we as Muslims know that the Police is working,” Al Hajji Kisambira told AA.

“Justice delayed is justice denied, this has left us as Muslims even more scared,” he affirmed.

TRTWorld and agencies