Police told to free Col Kulayigye gold theft suspects


Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate has ordered police to release four workers of Matrich Holdings Limited who were arrested by UPDF chief political commissar Col Felix Kulayigye over a gold deal gone bad.

Arnold Lubega, Frank Mushaija, Edirisa Nsimbe, Gilbert Bigirimana, and Richard Kamugisha were abducted by the army chief from Ntinda on Wednesday, stripped naked and rushed to Central Police Station in Kampala where they were detained.

He accused them of robbing his niece Brenda Murungi in a deal with a one Richard Kamugisha, who owns the said company.

Murungi paid Shs166.5m for the gold but never received it until she had to clear a balance of Shs33.3m.

The move angered the army chief who took matters into his own hands.

However, when the suspects were brought before Grade One Magistrate Marion Mangeni, she ordered police to release them saying they had already spent the mandatory 48 hours in detention without trial.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says they have already received the magistrate’s order instructing DPCs of Wandegeya and CPS to release the suspects.

Meanwhile, army Chief of Defence Force [CDF] Gen Katumba Wamala says they are investigating Kulayigye over the saga.

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