The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura has thanked Tanzania for working closely with the Uganda government in extraditing Allied Defense Forces (ADF) leader Amos David Mazengo populary known as Jamil Mukulu. The IGP made these remarks on Sunday while parading the ADF commander to journalists at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Jinja.
The police boss noted that the extradition of Mukulu was made possible because Uganda and Tanzania security and other organisations worked closely. He acknowledged that the process was not an easy task but was eventually finalized. “I pay tribute to the government and people of Tanzania for their brotherly effort to fight criminality,” said Kayihura.
Gen Kayihura noted that both governments worked closely in proving a prima facie case against Jamil Mukulu. “The judge was convinced that the cases were extrajudicial and ruled that he be expedited,” he expressed.
The IGP noted that the recent murder of John Steven Onen which Jamil Mukulu and Dr. Asuman where involved and where defendants have proved a prima facie case. He said, “Murder is an extrajudicial offence and we proved to the judge that he was involved.” He said Dr. Kiyingi would be caught and be charged.” You can run but eventually the law will catch up with you,” he warned.
Gen. Kayihura further observed that other cases including the murder of Muslim clerics, and police officers will be included in the evidence. He went ahead and said Mukulu would face charges for the 1998 attacks on Kichwamba Technical School that left 60 students dead, the 1999 taxi park bombings and the various killings in Eastern Uganda. “We shall add all these incidents to the charges,” confirmed the IGP.
He said that although there’s overwhelming evidence against Mukula, he still remains a suspect and he will be granted a free and fair trial. Kayihura noted that the 2010 Kyadondo bombings suspects are being given a fair trial by the courts. “TZ was convinced that courts here can give a fair trial,” he remarked.
The IGP called upon all countries to desist from harboring criminals, declaring that the government is committed to cooperating in every aspect to make sure that Uganda is not a haven for terrorists. He warned all those intending to disrupt peace basing from other countries to stop because they will be caught.
Kayihura termed the arrest and extradition of Mukulu as a ‘big success for the people of Uganda and a big blow to the ADF and to those behind terrorism and other crimes.’ “This is the Osama Bin Laden of Uganda. This should be a moment of happiness for everyone.” He declared.
Jamilu Mukulu the ADF leader was arrested in March in Tanzania as he tried securing travel documents for his children. At the time of arrest, he was using James Amos Mazenjo. The Interpol had listed him on its ‘Red Notice’ and the United Nations had declared him a wanted man. His extradition was processed and on June, 26 a Tanzanian Court agreed that he had to be sent back to Uganda to face various charges levied against him. The date for his appearance in Court to answer to the charges hasn’t been set.