Uganda Police made a mistake earlier in identifying the female victim who was shot dead on Entebbe Expressway.
Earlier today, Police had identified the female victim as Maya Kamikazi Florence, saying she was a Rwandan national, only to make a u-turn in the second statement, correcting a number of details including the name.
According to Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, they have clearly identified the victims as Nteyireho Ruhegyera Joshua, a 38 year old male adult, who was found lying dead, outside the car, towards the rear; with gunshots wounds. An AK47 gun was found lying along his side.
Enanga further stated that the female victim was later identified by her husband Mark Rugyenza of Bugolobi flats as Merina Tumukunde, a 37-year-old female adult, who died in a seating position, in the hind seat, and with a single bullet wound to the head.
“She is a Ugandan from Mbarara District [We regret the error in names].The two bodies were retrieved and transported to Mulago City Mortuary for post mortem examination to establish the cause of the death. Our joint security response teams arrived at the scene at around 11pm and cordoned it off. It was documented by forensic experts and material scientific evidence recovered,” the police spokesperson said in a statement.
“The Directors of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Services are revisiting the scenes for better reconstruction and documentation. At this stage , the exact motivation towards the double shooting and murder is not yet established.”
Police arrests own officer:
Enanga has confirmed that they have arrested Police Constable Davis Taremwa to help them in the investigations.
He stated that preliminary findings indicate that the male victim and Taremwa have been close friends.
“It is on friendly terms, that he requested the officer who was on guard duties at Hidden Treasure Hotel Entebbe to escort him to Millennium Hotel in Zana, where they had arranged business transaction with a car dealer, identified as Suubi Robert. The officer withdrew from his beat[an act which was not justified based on the law and his training] and the three drove together to the hotel.The circumstances surrounding their movement from Millennium Hotel , up to the stage where the shooting occurred at Nambirigwa bridge , Mpala are still unclear. It is what the task team of investigators and forensic experts are working to determine,” said Enaga.
“We have meanwhile arrested our officer and place him under criminal investigations. He is being examined for traces of evidence that could have remained on him, especially gun powder to help place him at the scene or not. In addition his movements from Hidden Treasure Hotel where he was picked at 8pm, to Millennium Hotel, till 2pm when he returned to the hotel are thoroughly being investigated.”