Ugandan authorities charge rebel leader with murder

Jamil Mukulu

Jamil Mukulu

The Ugandan authorities have finally charged the Jamil Mukulu, the leader of the DR Congo-based Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) who was recently extradited from neighbouring Tanzania.

Mukulu, along with his two alleged accomplices were charged before Jinja Magistrate Court with connection to the string of Muslim sheikh’s in Eastern Uganda region of Busoga.

“They were charged with the offences which he was extradited for and this included the murders of Sheikh Muwaya Dactoor, Namayingo LC 3 Chairman Tito Okware and 2 police officers who were from guarding the IGG’s home,” Patrick Onyango Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman told the local daily The New Vision.

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges.

During Mukulu’s appearance in court Wednesday journalists reported being barred from covering the proceedings and talking to court officials or the suspects.

The Inspector General of Police was recently quoted as saying Mukulu is to Uganda what Osama Bin Laden was to the United States.

Mukulu was captured in Tanzania this April and had been contesting extradition to Uganda until recently when a Dar es Salaam court ruled he be transferred to Uganda but on condition he faces just murder charges.

Over the last two years 12 Muslim clerics have been mysteriously gunned down across Uganda, and the authorities believe Jamil Mukulu, is one of the masterminds, and they also believe his capture might be a big breakthrough as far as stopping the killings is concerned.

“We already have Jamil Mukulu and have already made good arrests of the criminals and we shall ultimately defeat them.” President Museveni recently told Muslims as they celebrated Eid al-Fitr in Masaka Town, East of the capital, Kampala.