Defense and Army Spokesman, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye has confirmed that Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje, was arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and is in their cells.
Sheikh Mwanie was arrested on Monday at the mosque of Salafiya Tablique
Muslim Community in Nakasero by five men who led him into a Toyota Hiace
infamously known as Drone with registration number UBM 187E.
But Sheikh Mwanie’s whereabouts had remained a mystery since no security
agency had claimed responsibility for his arrest and people were describing the act as abduction.
However, Brig Gen Kulayigye has told URN that the former Amir Ummah of Salafiya Tablique Muslim Community at Nakasero was picked by CMI over security matters.
“He is suspected of engaging in security matters, we shall know,” Brig Gen Kulayigye briefly said.
Siraji Kifampa, the Spokesperson of Jamatil Salafiya Tablique Muslim Community told URN on Monday that the Sheik was picked up at around 8:30 am though his captors did not tell anyone the reasons why he was being arrested.
Before Sheikh Mwanje’s arrest, CMI first picked Sheikh Muhammad Buyondo alias, Matiya and Abdul Wahab Sendegeya both Boda-boda riders at Old Taxi Park and residents of Kyengera, in Wakiso district and Musa Sekandi, alias Masanafu.
This is not the first time Sheikh Mwanie has been arrested by CMI in collaboration with other security agencies.He was first arrested over the shooting to the death of Sheikh Mai Muhammad Kiggundu.
Maj Kiggundu was killed in a hail of bullets on November 16, 2016, at Masanafu alongside his driver cum body Sergeant Stephen Mukasa.
Even in December 2016, Sheikh Mwanje was arrested alongside Sheikh Buyondo.The duo spent nearly four years in jail and they were released on court bail on September 16, 2020.
At the time of his arrest in 2016, Sheikh Mwanje had spent a year serving as Amir Ummah after replacing Sheikh Yunus Kamoga who had been also arrested a year earlier on accusations of masterminding killings of more than 12 Muslim clerics who included top shia cleric Dr. Sheikh Adbul Muwaya, the former Kampala district Amir, Mustafa Bahiga, and Kibuli faction spokesperson,Hassan Ibrahim Kirya.