Muslim cleric charged with terrorism


Imam Jamal Kiyemba was charged with terrorism and remanded to Luzira prison with another suspect.

Imam Jamal Kiyemba was charged with terrorism and remanded to Luzira prison with another suspect.

Two people, including a Muslim cleric (imam), Jamal Kiyemba, who were implicated in the disappearance of a number of people, including children, have been charged with terrorism and remanded to Luzira Prison.

Jamal Kiyemba, 34, a former al-Qaeda suspect and Bashir Nyangishu, 26, appeared before the Makindye Court Grade One Magistrate, Henry Hadilu, last Wednesday and were charged with terrorism.

On the charge sheet, the prosecution alleged that Kiyemba, Nyangishu and others still at large, between 2008 and January 2013 at Zzana in Wakiso district, were directly involved in the kidnapping of a group of people.

The two are alleged to have kidnapped the people for “the purposes of influencing the Government or intimidating the public for a political and religious aim”.

The victims were identified as Kaliisa, Frank Milo, Zaidi Mutebi, Medi Wamala, Sadia Babirye and Huzaifa Mutebi.

Kiyemba is an imam at Masjid Taqua in Kirimanyaga zone, Zzana, while Nyangishu is a bodaboda cyclist and a resident of Seguku in Wakiso. The case was adjourned to April 10.

The Police arrested Kiyemba from his home in Zzana following the disappearance of Zaida Mutebi and his children: Mohammed Wamala, 13, Shadia Bibirye, 12 and Huzaifah Mutebi, 7.

Kiyemba was arrested together with Nyangishu, who allegedly used to transport them on his motorcycle. The family is alleged to have disappeared in January up to now.

Kiyemba’s arrest follows a complaint filed before the Police by Mutebi’s wife, Aisha Nalwadda, about his missing children and husband.

Kiyemba was also linked to the disappearance of a number of other people.

Kiyemba was formerly a detainee at the US detention facility of Guantanamo after he was arrested in Pakistan while on his way to Afghanistan. He was arrested as a terror suspect in 2003. He spent there three years before being released and deported to Uganda.

By Jeff Andrew Lule

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