President Museveni has sent the commander of Counter Terrorism operations at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Brigadier Charles Asiimwe, on a study leave.
The move is aimed at appeasing Rwanda which complained that Asiimwe, commonly known as C.K, was among the military officers arresting and jailiing Rwandan nationals in Uganda.
ChimpReports learnt that Asiimwe, who is among Uganda’s finest counter terrorism spies, was dropped late last month after UPDF Land Forces commander, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba met Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali.
Other officers removed from the top command of the military’s spy body include Maj Gen Abel Kandiho who is now the Chief of Staff of Uganda Police and Brig Henry Isoke who replaced Col Edith Nakalema as head of State House Anti-corruption Unit.
Museveni’s decision to make changes in the military intelligence command saw Kigali partially reopen the Gatuna border, allowing cargo trucks to deliver goods to the Rwandan market.
Kandiho and Asiimwe had won praise among the Banyarwanda community in Uganda.
The duo claim the arrests of several Rwandans in Uganda was based on compelling intelligence information about the suspects’ involvement in subversive activities.
Asiimwe was among the top military intelligence investigators who probed the 2009 Kampala bombings.
The ringleader of the attackers, Issa Luyima, had been captured in Kenya and flown to Uganda where he had bribed his way out of immigration officers.
CMI’s operations commander Capt Asiimwe is said to have organized a team of experts who scrutinized the phone printouts of all the suspects before their arrest.
This was after recovery of a sim-card belonging to one of the terrorists.
Presented with overwhelming evidence, the suspects would later confirm their participation in the bombings.
It’s this precious evidence that Justice Owiny Dollo relied on to convict the terrorism suspects.
Brig Asiimwe has been working with regional and international partners to combat international terrorism.
Asiimwe also commanded the operations of JATT, the crack unit of military intelligence.
He also served as an intelligence officer in specialized military operations in the Central African Republic.
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