Merina Tumukunde’s husband sweats plasma in Police interrogation chambers

A team of investigators from security agencies led by the Police have interrogated Mark Rugyenza, the husband of Merina Tumukunde who was shot dead along the Entebbe- Kampala Expressway a fortnight ago.

Tumukunde was gunned down together with a former Civil Aviation Authority employee, Joshua Rushegyera Nteireho.

It emerged yesterday that Rugyenza was grilled for several hours at a security facility in Kampala, barely a week after detectives launched investigations targeting four city businessmen, including him.

“To question a suspect (Rugyenza) is part of the ‘normal’ ongoing investigations… given a certain line of inquiry that has to be followed in a bid to get to what could have prompted the brutal double murder,” said a source privy to the probe.

Rugyenza is a businessman running a chain of outlets in Kampala and Mbarara. A week ago, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said investigators were yet to establish the motive of the assailants.

Shortly after the murder, investigators tasked Rugyenza with shedding light, among others, on his love life and whether his wife was involved in any business dealings which could have led to her murder.

According to the sources, investigators have established that Tumukunde had a love relationship with Nteireho.

Following the murder, Rugyenza told journalists that he did not expect his wife to be in Kampala on the day she was shot dead. Rugyenza expected his wife to be in Mbarara, where they had traveled to together two days before.

Tumukunde and Nteireho were gunned down at Nambigirwa Bridge in Kajjansi town council along the Entebbe-Kampala Expressway as they headed towards Entebbe.

Nteireho was reportedly into moneylending business at the time of his death, according to relatives. The murder has been shrouded in mystery.

On that fateful day, Nteireho was sighted at three hotels: the Millennium Hotel in Zzana, Innophine Hotel and Hidden Treasure Hotel, both located in Entebbe. Nteireho traveled with Tumukunde from Innophine Hotel to Millennium Hotel in Zzana to meet a car dealer, Robert Ssubi

They were in the company of a Counter-Terrorism Police officer, Davis Taremwa, whom they reportedly picked up from Entebbe.

For unknown reasons, Nteireho and Tumukunde reportedly hurriedly drove away from the Millennium Hotel, leaving Taremwa behind and without meeting Ssubi.

They allegedly went away with Taremwa’s gun in the car. About two hours later, they were discovered gunned down at an isolated spot on the Entebbe Expressway. It is believed it was Taremwa’s gun that was used to kill both Tumukunde and Nteireho.

So far, three suspects Taremwa, Hassan Mugote, and Wilson Atwijukire are under arrest. They are all attached to the Counter-Terrorism Directorate.