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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.
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 A 20-year-old 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.    

After 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 days.

“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. 

Adding 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 everyone.

 

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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.

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