Ssempija left home without informing anyone about the people who called him and only told them that he had a client and didn’t return. His family started searching for him in various places including police posts within the area, which advised them to check at Old Kampala Police Division hoping that he could have been picked up during curfew.
carpenter who was reportedly kidnapped last month has been found dead. The deceased
is Michael Ssempijja, a resident of Kakeka zone in Rubaga Division in Kampala. He went
missing on August 30th, 2021 after unidentified people called him, saying
that they had a business deal for him.
Ssempija left home
without informing anyone about the people who called him and only told them that
he had a client and didn’t return. His family started searching for him in various places including police posts within
the area, which advised them to
check at Old Kampala Police Division hoping that he could
have been picked up during curfew.
failing to find his whereabouts police advised them to check at the city mortuary and Kiruddu hospital, which they did
without success. Fatumah Naluyinda,
an aunt to the deceased said after two days of searching, they received a phone call from an unknown person asking them for money claiming that he had information
regarding the whereabouts of their son but the number went off in the next few
“We have been receiving
calls from a person who said he is from Busia asking us for Shillings 300,000. The next day he asked for Shillings 500,000 that he had information about the deceased’s
whereabouts but we didn’t have money at that time. He couldn't tell us
whether he was the one holding Ssempijja. But just said he had information,
he called twice and stopped and the phone went
off until Monday when we got a phone call from the police indicating that they had recovered a body,” Naluyinda said.
that “Last evening we got a call from the Rubaga
police post that there was a body recovered in Kabusu and asking us to go and
check in the mortuary. We have now confirmed it’s our son. We’re told he was
found with wounds on the body, a sign that he was tortured before meeting his
death.” Police recovered the
deceased’s decomposing body from a bushy area in Kabusu following a tip-off from residents.
Rosemary Nakasinda and Fatumah Naluyinda, both aunts to the
deceased told URN at Mulago city
mortuary that they want police
to expedite investigations to find the killers of their nephew.
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Ssempijja’s workmate, Henry Muyomba wonders why people with bad hearts decided to
take the life of an innocent young man who has been friendly and jolly to
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Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said investigations are ongoing to find
the killers. This second person turning up dead after disappearing from home. Last month, a six-year-old boy who went missing in Entebbe Town, Wakiso District was found dead four days
after his disappearance.
The body of Joram Kato was recovered when police arrested
some suspected kidnappers who led them to the crime scene. The deceased’s
father has also received phone calls from kidnappers
demanding a ransom of Shillings 4M, which he failed to pay leading to the death of
the child. Last year, police registered 207 cases of kidnaps compared to 159 cases
registered in 2019, which is a 30 per cent increase.