Lugogo shooting: Key eyewitness goes missing

Lugogo shooting: Key eyewitness goes missing


By Serestino Tusingwire

Police on Tuesday evening allegedly picked up a woman in Lugogo who is said to have witnessed the weekend shooting of Kenneth Akena, who later died at the city’s Norvik Hospital.

Her colleague who operates nearby who liked anonymity said that the elderly roasted maize vendor, known by her pet name Mama Namanda, was arrested on Tuesday evening and had not been seen again at her workplace since then, sparking fears about her whereabouts or fate.

“The police came and talked to her and returned in the evening and took her away,” the source said, declining to discuss the matter further for fear of being picked up by security agents.

Emilian Kayima, the spokesman for Kampala Metropolitan Police, first said that he could neither confirm nor deny whether the woman, the likely principal witness, had been arrested. But later, Kayima said that “we do not have any woman arrested. There was a man claiming to have information and I suspect he is the one going to media houses saying we have arrested that woman.”

As fear and suspicion engulfs this tragedy, the police have now placed a man, who sells fruits nearby but is believed to have information about the shooting, under surveillance. Detectives contacted him more than once yesterday.

Meanwhile, as investigations are still ongoing, Police have already secured a court order allowing it to access records of telephone calls made from or received by Mathew Kanyamunyu, the prime suspect in this case.