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On April 22, 2019, police recovered the body of Catherine Agaba, a medical doctor attached to International Hospital Kampala –IHK. 23-year-old Ronald Obangakene, a security guard, who was picked up from his Apac home district, claimed responsibility.
Murdered social worker Maria Nagirinya-courtsey

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2019 just like 2018 will remain on the minds of Ugandans as a year that witnessed a number of gruesome murders. The murders, which occurred in Kampala and various upcountry areas, left security agencies puzzled.

URN recollects some of the cases. Barely a fortnight ago, John Kikongolo alias John Isma Nsambu, was arrested on allegations of killing three siblings on December 11 in Lwamata town center in Kiboga district. Nsambu killed the minors to revenge for being locked up by their father, Henry Barigye for the theft of his television set.

Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, identified the victims as Mutesi Shurat, 4, Nayebare Nusura, 7 and Natukunda Asina, a 10. Kikongolo was picked up from Kyankwanzi by joint security forces. According to Enanga, the suspect confessed to the murder because of the money Barigye owed him.

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Maria Nagirinya kidnap, murder   

August 28th, 2019 will remain a black day for the family, friends and relatives of social worker, Maria Nagirinya and her part time driver, Ronald Kitayimbwa. The duo was kidnapped outside Nagirinya’s home in Lungujja in Rubaga Division, in Kampala.    

They were found dead on August 30, 2019 in Mukono district. Six suspects were arrested in connection to the murder, saying they were paid a paltry Shillings 130,000 to kill Nagirinya for undisclosed reasons. Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said the suspects were arrested with the help of footage from the Closed Circuit Television –CCTV cameras.  

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On March 24, 2019, Ronald Ssebulime was handcuffed and shot dead by police officers following a false alarm by the former Information Communication Technology –ICT State Minister, Idah Erios Nantaba.    

Nantaba who was buying fruits at a roadside market around Ssinda, about 6 km after Sezibwa bridge called Naggalama police station when she saw a motor cycle rider she suspected to be trailing her. 

A police patrol vehicle was dispatched. The officers cornered Ssebulime, who was on his way to visit his child at St Andrew Kaggwa secondary school during the school visitation program and apprehended him. One of the officers later pulled Ssebulime and shot him in cold blood.

Investigations led by SSP Bernard Muhumuza later revealed that Ssebulime was killed without any cause.  The patrol commander, Corporal Edward Ssali was charged with murder. The Director of Public Prosecution –DPP Mike Chibita dropped murder charges against Nantaba and three police Constables including Ronald Opira, Baganza and Robert Cherotich.  

Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said the three police officers were exonerated by DPP because investigations showed that they trained to restrain Ssali from killing Ssebulime in vain.

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Murder of IHK Doctor

On April 22, 2019, police recovered the body of Catherine Agaba, a medical doctor attached to International Hospital Kampala –IHK.  23-year-old Ronald Obangakene, a security guard, who was picked up from his Apac home district, claimed responsibility. 

The incident raised several questions in the public with several people wondering how the guard could have single handedly ended Agaba’s life and disposed of her body in a septic tank without any help. Agaba was living in an apartment in Muyenga heavily guarded by solders since it belongs to a cultural leader.  

In July unidentified thugs disguised as passengers strangled Derrick Mulindwa in Rubaga in Kampala. His killing became a matter of national importance as the crime was captured by Closed Circuit Television cameras. Security agencies arrested Young Mulo and John Bosco Mugisha alias Mukiga who were captured on the video. They confessed to killing Mulindwa.

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On October 21, 2019, three family members were shot dead in Lyantonde District by unknown assailants.  Police identified the victims as Francis Rwabagabo, 60, his wife Kellen Nakato, 38 and their son in law Leokadia Kizza. The killings were later blamed on a UPDF deserter, one Zziwa.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s nephew, Joshua Rushegera Nteireho, was assassinated alongside his female friend, Mellina Tumukunde, on September 5. To date, joint security teams have never revealed the actual cause of the murder.  But several theories attribute the crime to botched business dealings.

A Counter Terrorism Constable, Davis Taremwa, was charged in Entebbe court with Rushegera’s murder.  Witnesses said Rushegera was stopped by people dressed in traffic police uniform who showered his vehicle with bullets. Taremwa’s gun was recovered from the scene though he insisted that the deceased had driven away with his gun and doesn’t know who killed him.  

At least six people were hacked to death three weeks ago in Wabigalo in Nakasongola district, in killing spree by a group of machete wielding men. The victims included Meshach Mawanda, 10, Sekanza Amos, 7, Judith Adur, 30 and Matovu Rosio, 93.

Several mobile money agents were also shot in Kampala, Wakiso and Mbale districts by unknown thugs. In his Christmas message delivered by the Deputy Police Spokesperson, Polly Namaye, the Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola, said the crime incidents were a big challenge to the police force he superintends.

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Ochola says police was able to counter the overstretching crime incidents with the collaboration of sister security agencies such as ISO, CMI, ESO and UPDF. UPDF and CMI were instrumental in major crime incidents where suspects were successfully tracked and arrested.