As the pre-trial of 31 Muslims clerics accused of being behind a wave of killing of top Muslim clerics across the country about two years ago kicked off yesterday, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mike Chibita made shocking revelations of how the assassins had planned to kill Prince Kassim Nakibinge, an influential and respected figure in the Muslim community.
The revelation was contained in the new indictment report presented to the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala by the DPP in the trial of the suspects accused of killing prominent Muslim leaders.
In the indictment, the DPP also dropped charges against 17 of the suspects and slapped the remaining 14 with new charges despite protests from the defence side.
Mr Twaha Mayanja, one of the defence lawyers, last month protested the intended fresh charging of 17 out of 31 suspects after it emerged that the DPP was planning to secretly charge half of the number of the suspects.
According to the indictment before the International Crimes Division of the High Court, the suspects are currently facing four charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, crimes and terrorism.
Those whose charges were dropped are; Mzamil Kasawulira, Serunjogi Arafat alias Bukenya, Badru Bukenya, Alext Okot, Joseph Olanya, Aisha Nakasibante, Charles Okidi, Pte Rajab Mubaje alias Magombe Sulaiman, Issa Matanda alias Charles, Byamukama Abdulratif alias Tusiime, Ssemwogerere Asadu and Solomon Kibirige.
Others are Safiyi Wadwali alias Swafi Shafi, Yusuf Sentamu alias Kasibante, Muhamadi Kalodo alias Kasibante, Ismail Ssentongo and Robert Bampikye.
However, those facing fresh charges include; Sheikh Muhamad Yunus Kamoga, Sheikh Siraj Kawooya, Sekayanja Abdulsalaam alias Kassim Mulumba, Sematimba Abdulhamid Mubiru, Jingo Rashid, Sekito Twaha, Kakande Yusuf alias Abdallah and Sheikh Murta Mudde Bukenya.
Others are Hakim Kinene Muswaswa, Amir Kinene, Sheikh Kalungi Fahad, Hamuza Kasirye, Musa Issa Mubiru and Iga George William alias Hamuza.
Prosecution alleges that Sheikh Kamoga, the leader of Tabliq sect and his co-accused, directed systematic attacks against Shia and Tabliq Muslims, leaving many dead, including Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga at Bwebajja who was gunned down along Entebbe Road, Sheikh Abdulkadir Muwaya, who was killed in Mayuge District, and Sheikh Hassan Kirya, who was shot at and killed in Bweyogerere, Wakiso District.