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How mobile phone gave away Kampala bombers

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by ByaseL, Aug 4, 2010.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    Written by Edris Kiggundu

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    SUSPECTS: (L-R) Idris Magondu, Muhammed Aden Addow and Hussein Hassan Agad

    An Alcatel mobile phone recovered from a house in Makindye, where a bomb was defused on July 12, led investigators to the arrest of the three Kenyans charged last Friday over the July 11 terrorist attack.

    Idris Magondu, 42, Hussein Hassan Agad, 27, and Muhammed Aden Addow, 25, all Somali Kenyans, were charged with 89 offences––three counts of terrorism, 76 counts of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder in the Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court, and remanded to Luzira Prison till August 27, 2010.

    While they have been charged broadly for the bombings at Kyadondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian Village Restaurant, our sources who are close to the investigation have told us that the Kenyans claim that their involvement was limited to the Makindye house bomb, which didn’t explode.

    Using the serial number of the phone, investigators were able to discern records related to calls made or received on the phone. That’s how they got to know that the phone belonged or was at least one time frequently used by someone known as Hussein Hassan, one of the suspects.

    It is also from the serial number that investigators established the numbers that regularly called the phone, including those of the two other Kenyan suspects now behind bars.

    “Sometimes they would talk for 30 minutes,” one of our sources told us.

    According to our sources, Hassan stopped using the phone in the first week of July and thereafter handed it to someone else, a male. Investigators now suspect it is this person who could have been the one tasked to detonate the Makindye House bomb but chickened out at the last minute. Security agencies are still pursuing him.

    Our sources have told us that the three Kenyans were picked up by Interpol Kenya on July 26 from Embu town, 120km northeast of Nairobi, and handed over to Ugandan authorities on Wednesday, July 28.

    For two weeks Interpol Kenya tried to apprehend the trio after establishing that they were in Kenya but they made little headway partly because one of the suspects, Magondu, whose mobile phone was being tracked, had temporarily stopped using it.

    But on Saturday, July 25, Magondu used the same phone to call the customer service of the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) to know his electricity bill. By Monday, July 26, Interpol Kenya had closed in on him and his accomplices.

    Our sources have told us that FBI and detectives from CID’s Special Investigations Unit interrogated the trio on Friday at an undisclosed location near Entebbe International Airport from 8.30am to 1.00pm. During the interrogation, it was established that the suspects, together with three others still at large, had crossed into Uganda on July 9, two days before the bomb blasts, using a bus service owned by a Kampala-based Somali. They were not charged any bus fare, sources say, raising suspicion that someone in the bus company could be a collaborator.

    They also revealed that they went to Mbale to meet someone, whose name they declined to reveal, although it is believed to be Muhammed Abdulaziz, the Yemeni national, who was arrested in Mbale recently.

    Sources have told us that it is at this point that investigators suspect Hussein could have exchanged the Alcatel phone with someone. According to these sources, the trio told the investigators that they went back to Kenya on Monday, a day after the blasts, through Busia border post, using the same bus service. Again they were not charged any fare, it is said.

    As we went to press, police was preparing to summon the manager of the bus company to explain why the trio and three others, said to be on the run, were not charged any fare.


    The decision to charge the three Kenyans swiftly as police holds onto other key suspects was reached immediately after the interrogators liaised with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, our sources have told us.

    The prosecution apparently believed they had gathered sufficient evidence to try the trio and yet did not expect any more crucial information from them.

    We have also been told that the prosecution is going to make use of the information the suspects provided to Interpol Kenya in which they explain their involvement in the bombings in greater detail. As for the other suspects, Issa Senkumba and Abdulaziz, they are still undergoing interrogation because investigators believe that they still have more useful information.

    “Any decision to charge them shall only come after they are satisfied that they have got what they want,” said one of our sources.
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    Nanu JF-Expert Member

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    It is good that the suspects were arrested. I hope justice will take its course. There is no any justification for that deadly offence!
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    Lole Gwakisa JF-Expert Member

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    I hope they are hanged high by the balls
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    cartura JF-Expert Member

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    Duh, hii mobile phone technology sasa itaumbua wengi...; any time you are using your mobile phone, you are exposing yourself and leaving out "foot prints" ambazo ambazo zinakufanya uwe easily traceable... :disapointed:
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    Mtazamaji JF-Expert Member

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    Na sidhani kama Tanzania tunatumia vizuri hii opportuniy kukamata wahalifu. Mpaka watu wauwawe au yaibiwe mabenki ndo inatumika. Kwa nini hata watu wanaonunua simu zilizoibiwa simu zao zisiwe japo bloked kwa style hii.

    Mfano Nimeibiwa simu yenye IMEI NO XXX. nimepeleka taarifa polisi. Yet aliyeiba atatoa chip aweke chip nyingine bado aendele kudunda tu tena tanzania hapa hapa. Kwa nini POlisi wasi na uwezo wa kuamrisha kampuni za simu kublock serial number fulani. Itsaidia sana japo kwa tanzania tu.
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    Richard JF-Expert Member

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    Ni wazi kwamba Tanzania bado hatupo hapo lakini inawezekana.

    Wenye kampuni za simu wanatakiwa kuhakikisha wana-block simu yoyote ile mara inapotolewa taarifa kutoka kwa mteja kwamba imeibiwa provided wao ndio waliotoa simu hio.

    Tukianzia hapo tunaweza kusonga mbele kwa kujumuisha masuala yote ya mawasiliano.
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    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    Asikudanganye mtu, maisha matamu bana..

    Huyu jamaa inabidi sasa ajiangalie huko mafichoni alipo, maana pesa ya mwarabu haiendagi burebure, atatumiwa hata majini.
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    Ghost JF-Expert Member

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    sasa mtu akiwa na 'bifu' na mwenzake, halafu akaenda polisi akasema eti kaibiwa cmu, na akataja serial number ya cmu ya yule mshikagi wake. Si unaona watafunga cmu za watu hivihivi, kwasababu 2 mtu kasema kaibiwa.
    Ndo maana badala ya kuleta system ya kuandikisha cmu card wangeongeza juu na kuandikisha serial number za cmu za watu...