On Wednesday, Uganda Counter-Terrorism Unit operatives arrested a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, Jamal Abdullah Kiyemba, along with four men.
Kiyemba, Ismael Ssendawula, Siraje Serugo and Bashir Nyangisu were all arrested at his home in Zzana, along Kampala – Entebbe Road.
They are said to be held at Jinja Road Police Station and Kireka Special Investigations Unit on suspicion that they aided the shooting of prosecutor, Joan Kagezi.
Kagezi was shot dead a day before a trial was to be held that involved a group of Al Shabaab suspects who were accused of being involved with bombings.
Islam convert Kiyemba – whose nickname is Tony – was awarded £1m compensation by the government for his time spent in confinement at the United States terror prison.
He had been granted indefinite leave to stay in Britain as a youngster and studied pharmacy but later travelled to Pakistan where he was captured and detained in Guantanamo Bay.
Kiyemba claimed he was tortured into confessing to terror crimes while in Guantanamo and that he was interrogated by MI5 about British fanatics including Abu Hamza.
Who is Kiyemba?
He went to St. Savio Primary School in Kisubi and later joined the prestigious St. Mary’s College Kisubi.
However, his life changed dramatically when his parents divorced.
His mother migrated to the UK and his father died in a car accident in 1989.
Finally, in 1998, Kiyemba joined his mother, brothers and sisters in London, where he continued his education at Pope Paul II Secondary School in Wimbledon.
Later, he joined De Montfort University in Leicester to study Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Sciences.
Born into a Catholic family, Kiyemba reportedly converted to Islam while in UK where he was staying with his mother.
He later moved to Pakistan to join the Taliban war against the US forces in Afghanistan.
Kiyemba was freed in 2006 by Uganda authorities after he was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 for allegedly belonging to the Al-Qaeda terrorist and jailed in Pakistan, Afghanistan before he was transferred to the American maximum security detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
When he was freed from the Guantanamo Bay, Britain denied him entry into London.
He was subsequently deported to Uganda in 2006 where, for two months, was confined to a ‘safe house’.
In March 2003, he was arrested by Pakistani security along with hundreds of foreigners, especially Arabs.
Kiyemba went to St. Savio Primary School in Kisubi and the prestigious St. Mary’s College, Kisubi.
Kiyemba’s life changed dramatically when his parents divorced.
His mother migrated to the UK and his father died in a car accident in 1989 and his maternal aunt found it increasingly difficult to look after him.
In 1998, Kiyemba joined his mother in London, where he continued his education at Pope Paul II Secondary School in Wimbledon.
Later, he joined De Montfort University in Leicester to study pharmacy.
He quit the university and headed to Afghanistan through Pakistan.
Kiyemba and Nyangisu were in 2013 implicated in the disappearance of a number of people from Zzana, including children and were charged with trafficking in people and terrorism and remanded to Luzira Prison.
They were later released on bail.