The five member UPDF investigations team constituted by First Division commander, Maj Gen Samuel Kawagga, is led by Lt Col Jane Mukasa. Others on the team include Maj Erick Musinguzi, Maj Albert Nomwesigwa, one Capt Charles and one Muidu.
Courtsey image of deceased journalist Robert Kagolo
The Criminal Investigations Directorate –CID and
Uganda People’s Defence Forces –UPDF are conducting parallel investigations into
the shooting of journalist Robert Kagolo.
Kagolo was shot at around 8pm on Thursday last week at
his murdered brother, Samuel Musiitwa’s home at Bugembejembe village, Wakiso
District. The deceased, who was also former president of Uganda Journalists’
Association –UJA, was gunned down as he returned Musiitwa’s children home after their father's burial in Gomba District.
Uganda Radio Network –URN understands that CID and
UPDF have decided to conduct separate investigations purposely to understand
whether there was any motive since Kagolo had earlier claimed to have gathered
more than enough evidence on who were behind the kidnap and murder of his elder
Kagolo, according to a senior military officer who
preferred anonymity, went to Kakiri barracks and asked for soldiers to protect his slain brother’s home as they went for burial at Namabye village in Gomba.
Musiitwa was abducted in his wife’s car and spent days
missing until his abductors gave him a phone to alert his relatives how he was
going to be killed and directed them where they were to pick his body.
Indeed, relatives led by Kagolo found Musiitwa inside
a forest at Kasengejje in Wakiso district almost dead. They attempted taking
him to a nearby health facility but officially declared dead minutes later.
A military officer said Kagolo left soldiers at Musiitwa’s home but they were
changed before he returned from Gomba.
“You see, the soldiers he left at home knew him because
they had interacted with him even before they set off for burial," the army officer said. "But the ones
that were brought afterwards did not know him and we are not sure whether they
shot by accident or it was planned. That is why we are conduct our own
Police had earlier left investigations to be carried
out by Wakiso Division but because of several clues coming regarding the Musiitwa and Kagolo murders, Kampala Metropolitan CID commander, Benard Muhumuza,
has been tasked to take lead in the search for the truth.
“There is a line of Samuel Musiitwa’s relationship and
his wife having gone sour," a senior officer told URN. "The man and wife had all opened up separate cases
with each accusing the other of having intentions to hurt the other. We also
have a line of Musiitwa’s land deals that went bad. We all want to know the
The situation is becoming worse as armed men have attacked
the home of deceased brothers’ parents in Gomba. Fortunately, a neighbour in
Gomba who heard the parents shouting for help called police which was on night
patrol and they arrived in less than 10 minutes. The attackers who had three
motorcycles took off. Police led by DPC Richard Eramu pursued the attackers until
they abandoned the motorcycle.
Musiitwa allegedly accused his wife of cheating on him
with a medical doctor. The couple’s disagreement had also been notified to local
leaders and a number of relatives. But the reconciliatory efforts had all
yielded no results.
Rushid Mamuli, the soldier who allegedly shot Kagolo dead
is currently detained at Kakiri military barracks. However, police detectives haven’t
accessed him for a statement on what transpired before Kagolo was killed.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson,
in a statement after the shooting said Kagolo hurriedly bumped into Musiitwa’s
home which guarded by soldiers, claiming that there was a vehicle trailing him.
“Kagolo knocked the gate with his car while attempting
to gain entry into the home. It is from there that a disagreement between him
and the LDU personnel started. Unfortunately, the disagreement led to the
shooting, which is still being investigated,” he said.
The five members UPDF investigations team constituted
by First Division commander, Maj Gen Samuel Kawagga, is led by Lt Col Jane
Mukasa. Others on the team include Maj Erick Musinguzi, Maj Albert Nomwesigwa, one
Capt Charles and one Muidu.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.