According to highly placed sources, the Italian Embassy told police that Benni’s relatives have requested Police pathologist and Head of Medical services, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga and his team not to conduct a postmortem in their absence.
Deputy KMP Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, a recent press conference
Police pathologists are stuck with the body of Pierluigi
Ruiliano Benni, an Italian national believed to have committed suicide on
The Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police
spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire says Benni allegedly shot himself to death at
the home of Lucas Bally in Bulago Islands.
He was a resident of Bulago islands at the home
of Lucas Bally a Swiss by nationality and a businessman living in Kampala with
property at Bulago where the deceased had been accommodated,” Owoyesigyire said.
He said to have used a private
licensed star pistol serial number UG IND T1102-06A01087 00241 to take his own
life. Police are yet to establish the reason behind Benni’s decision to take
Benni, who held dual citizenship, held both a Ugandan passport
number B1454904 and Italian passport number YA3489465.
Owoyesigyire says scene of crime officers visited the scene and picked exhibits
that could be vital in their investigations.
According to highly placed sources, the Italian Embassy told police that Benni’s relatives have requested Police
pathologist and Head of Medical services, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga and his team not
to conduct a postmortem in their absence.
“His body is still at Mulago hospital mortuary and the postmortem
hasn’t been done. Officials from the Embassy [Italian] said Benni’s relatives
are coming and they want the postmortem to be done in their presence. We are
still waiting for them,” a source said.
Police says the postmortem that will be done upon
the arrival of Benni’s relatives will also provide useful clues on his death.
This isn’t the first time a foreign national is committing suicide in Uganda.
In September last year, an Indian national, Devana Gireesh
allegedly committed suicide in his hotel room in Mubende district after losing company
funds to betting. Gireesh, 23, was salesman at Navis Distillers Company based
in Kawempe division in Kampala.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Gireesh had staked
Shillings 50 million in betting and lost. Gireesh’s body was discovered by an
attendant at Travellers Hotel in Mubende town.
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.