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Security buffed as former Gen Kale Kayihura’s aide is still on the run

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Uganda’s security services have increased the search for the former Gen Kale Kayihura’s personal assistant, Jonathan Baroza.

Baroza, according to Chimpreports, had earlier this month of June abandoned his station at Afripol in Algeria where he was deployed in 2017 as Uganda police’s liaison officer.

This was after Baroza received a letter from IGP Okoth Ochola summoning him to Kampala for urgent business.

The summons followed the arrest of senior police commanders and Gen Kayihura.

Baroza left his station in the Algerian capital of Algiers using the Turkish Airways.

On arrival in Turkey’s capita of Istanbul, Baroza left the airport to an unknown destination.

Security operatives who drove to Entebbe International Airport to arrest Baroza would later realise he was not onboard.

Since then, officials say, security has been looking for Baroza from across the world.

It’s also understood several people have been arrested by ISO operatives and interrogated to assist in their investigations.

As of Sunday, Baroza’s whereabouts remained unclear, more than two weeks after he left Algeria.

“We really don’t know where he is,” said an official briefed about Baroza’s disappearance.

“We’ve interrogated many of his associates but none is aware about his whereabouts.”

Baroza was removed from the police headquarters in 2017 on the orders of President Museveni following reports that the former was leaking high level information to opposition, accusations he later vehemently denied.

It also was indicated that Baroza was among some of the police officers targeted by assassins in Kampala.

However, his deployment in Algeria came after the assassination of AIGP Felix Andrew Kaweesi in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb.

Baroza was accused of picking soil from the crime scene, a claim he said was baseless.

Until recently, Baroza has been living in fear of possible arrest.

Matters worsened with the arrest of his police colleagues including Gen Kayihura by the military forces.

 

Fred Masengesho Rugira/Bwiza.com

 

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