The special investigations unit (SIU) has so far arrested four suspects in connection to the murder of Kamwokya LC III councillor James Kakooza.
Kakooza was trailed and killed while on his routine morning jog by assailants who were riding on a motorcycle along Jinja road near Centenary Park on July 16. Kakooza, who belonged to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, was also one of the four councillors representing Kamwokya parish at Kampala Central Division. He had previously also served as the LC I chairperson of Church Zone.
After his death, the joint Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) have been carrying out investigations leading to the arrest of four suspects including; Abdul Mwesigye, a 25-year-old carpenter from Komamboga in Kawempe Division, Wickliffe Mpumuza, 19, a car wash attendant of Namuli zone in Bukoto and Hussein Sserubogo alias Abdu, a boda-boda rider from Kisenyi ll zone in Kamwokya.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga explains that Jane Nassolo is the fourth suspect being held in custody for reportedly giving false information to the detectives, which resulted in the arrest of five other innocent people.
“The lady was arrested on charges of giving false information in order to divert investigations,” Enanga noted. “You know when such a big incident happens, we get different people who come with intentions of diverting us, so she deceived investigators, but because of a thorough probe at KMP, we managed to disprove her and those innocent people were released.”
Enanga explains that investigators are still hunting for other suspects still on the run, who were part of the plot to the murder of Kakooza. One of the close friends of the deceased, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the arrested suspects were able to reveal their boss whom they allegedly work for, but is still on the run.
“I can’t tell you the names, officers in the case informed us that the suspects confessed one person who gave them the mission,” he said. “But he is still in hiding. Right now we wish to see all those people brought to court, because of the pain we’re still undergoing.”
Although the clear motivation for the murder is not clear, he suspects Kakooza’s trouble could have resulted from his enthusiasm to flush out criminals from Kamwokya suburbs. Police investigations into how he was trailed and killed indicated that before his routine run on the fateful day, Kakooza first posted on social media how he was going to run up to Jinja road and back which made the killers’ mission easier.
“Just like the victim, there are many people who usually post their daily routines which is dangerous because it makes you a target to your enemies,” Enanga cautioned.
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