Uganda Police Force has hit a deadlock in its negotiations with the Tanzanian authorities for the possible repatriation of Jamil Mukulu, the head of the rebel Allied Democratic Front-ADF.
Last week, Uganda Police Force dispatched a team of officers led by the Director Counter Terrorism John Ndugutse to help identify the suspect following a telephone communication between the Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police and his Tanzanian counterpart.
However, the officers were denied access to the suspect.
A highly placed Police source has told URN that the IGP and Chief of Defense Forces Gen Katumba Wamala were briefed on the findings made by the team on Sunday.
According to the source, the team told the IGP and CDF that Tanzania had confirmed to them that the suspect who was found in possession of a Ugandan and Tanzanian passports is indeed Jamil Mukulu.
Tanzania, however, denied the Ugandan Officers access to the suspect on grounds that he will be repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police spokesperson says, the team is still negotiating and once they gain access and permission they will be repatriating the suspect.
The procedure being followed as per Article 124 (5) of the East African Community Treaty contradicts the Interpol procedure which was initially being used.
Unlike the Interpol procedure that entails a formal request for the suspect to be repatriated, the East Africa Community procedure is based on an agreement to enhance co-operation in the handling of cross border crimes, provision of mutual assistance in criminal matters including the arrest and repatriation of fugitive offenders and the exchange of information on national mechanisms for combating criminal activities.
The procedure does not necessarily call for formal applications and responses but rather mutual agreements.
On Wednesday, Interpol Uganda sent photographs and video recordings of Jamil Mukulu to Tanzania on request of Interpol Tanzania but are yet to receive a formal response on the identity of the suspect.
Uganda is the only country with an arrest warrant for Jamil Mukulu through Interpol.
The news of the possible arrest of fugitive Jamil Mukulu who has evaded arrest for the last twenty (20) years broke on 24th April through social media.