Jubilation marked by chants of Takbir, Allah’akbar (God is great) filled Masjid Noor at William Street on Saturday evening after police released four Muslim Tabliq clerics earlier arrested in connection with the killing of Muslim clerics in the country.
Hajj Jirani Ssemwogerere and sheikhs Muhammad Amir, Abubaker Male and Diriisa Mugerwa were released after spending three weeks in detention at Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja District.
The Tabliq leader, Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje, said police didn’t prefer any charge against them. Sheikh Mwanje said Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura was part of the team that vetted the detainees before ordering their release.
The Special Investigations Unit boss, Mr Geoffrey Musana, was also reported to be part of the team which carried out the exercise at SIU headquarters in Kireka, near Kampala on Wednesday.
Neither police spokesperson Fred Enanga nor his deputy, Ms Polly Namaye, took our repeated calls.
Mr Musana confirmed the meeting but declined to divulge details. “But you know all the charges against them are related to the killing of Sheikhs around the country,” Mr Musana said.
Sheikh Mwanje also urged the Force to release the others still in detention.
“Court gave police two months to produce evidence incriminating our detained brothers, but now it is four months and no evidence has been brought to prove any case,” he said.
“We are faced with a challenge of abuse of the rule of law. Our brothers are languishing in the prisons and the police force is simply dilly-dallying with the case,” he said.
Some of the released clerics are among the 10 victims who told the IGP that they were tortured by police detectives while in detention at Nalufenya Police Station.
Yesterday, Sunday Monitor reported that 30 detained Tabliq clerics claimed torture in a petition to the Uganda Human Rights Commission.
Sources said Gen Kayihura is scheduled to meet leaders of the Kibuli-based faction, the Tabliq group based at Nakasero Mosque and that at Masjid Noor at William Street.