Five suspects arrested in Murder of Maria Nagirinya

Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of Maria Nagirinya Gateni and her driver, Ronald Kitayimbwa.

According to Police, the suspects include a bodaboda rider who transported the killers to Lungujja, a city suburb, on Wednesday night, where they abducted Nagirinya at around 11:00 pm.

Johnson Monday Agaba, from the homicide department at the Police headquarters, said the five suspects are currently in Police custody.

Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa, who were reported missing from the Lungujja-Busega zone, were on Friday found dead and their bodies dumped at Nakitutuli village on the Mukono-Kayunga road.

Security sources said the bodaboda rider in Police custody was tracked down using the security CCTV footage that revealed that the deceased’s car was trailed to her gate in Lungujja. The bodaboda rider reportedly left the scene immediately after dropping off the assailants.

“He dropped the two people at Nagirinya’s home and drove to a nearby supermarket. He later left the supermarket and followed the car that had the victims,” the source explained.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga yesterday told New Vision that investigations were being conducted jointly by sister security agencies, including Police, the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and the Internal Security Organisation.

“The joint security teams are now meeting to review the CCTV footage. They are still scrutinizing them, but we already have the identities of the suspects in question,” Enanga revealed.

The Kinawataka CCTV footage reportedly, on Wednesday, showed Nagirinya’s car being driven towards Kireka, a city suburb, at around 3:05 am.

The person in the car had earlier on been spotted at Nagirinya’s gate on three occasions. The motive of the murder has not yet been established.

The director of the Police crime investigations department, Grace Akullo, together with a group of Police detectives from Kampala and Mukono Police division, headed by Catherine Tesiima (CID Mukono Police division), yesterday visited the scene where the bodies of Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa were recovered on Friday.

The team also visited Nagirinya’s home in Lungujja and Nateete, where the deceased’s car was abandoned.

Agaba revealed that the Police had received security camera footage from one of the supermarkets where the kidnappers are said to have parked before killing the deceased.

“It is that footage that Police are now studying. We are yet to land on the whole group,” Agaba added.

He added that the place where the two bodies were found, is a common dumping site of bodies of murder victims.

Nama sub-county chairperson Erisa Ssebbaale said Nakitutuli is an isolated place, which makes it a good dumping ground for bodies of murder victims.

“On several occasions, we have found bodies dumped here, I pray that the Police either set up a Police post there or a security camera, to deter the criminals,” Ssebbaale said

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