Police has arrested one of the suspects captured in a CCTV video strangling a boda doda rider before taking with them the motorcycle in Lubaga, a Kampala suburb.
The one minute video that was circulated on social media showed two men who pretended to be passengers on a boda boda ask the rider to stop after reaching their destination but in the process, they strangled him before repeatedly hitting him on the head with a huge stone killing him instantly.
The thugs later took off with the motorcycle.
On Wednesday, police announced the arrest of John Bosco Mugisha,one of the suspects in the gruesome murder of Derrick Mulindwa, a boda boda rider and resident of Nabweru in Nansana municipality.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango said Mugisha had been arrested in Ndeeba, another Kampala suburb after a tip off.
He added that Mugisha has on several occasions been arrested and sent to Luzira but has always got out of prison.
On Tuesday night, police in Ndeeba was tipped off that one of the suspects they were looking for had been sighted in the area.
Mugisha had previously been arrested but he escaped from their cells and it is because of this offence that police in Ndeeba were looking for him but little did they know he was the suspect captured in a video recording strangling a boda boda rider.
“After the arrest, one of the officers recognized Mugisha’s face. This prompted us to call the division headquarters in Katwe for more man power,” said a source privy to the arrest.
The suspect was later driven directly to Katwe Police station and not Ndeeba police post where he had an offence of jumping out of their cells.
After arriving at Katwe, detectives started interrogating Mugisha and during the process, he confessed to being among the suspects captured in a CCTV video strangling a boda boda rider in Kakeeka, Mengo, Lubaga division.
“I am John Bosco Mugisha also known as Mukiga. I know Police was looking for me because I was captured in a video that forced me to run to Kabale to hide but I returned because I was broke,” the suspect told detectives.
According to Onyango, the suspect told them that a colleague with whom they were captured in the CCTV video had been killed by a mob in Makindye early this month.
“He confessed that Young Mulo(not the musician) was killed by a mob on July 3, on suspicion they had stolen a motorcycle,” Onyango said.
The duo had stolen a motorcycle in Mityana and traced up to Makindye, a Kampala suburb from where boda boda riders ganged up to kill Mulo.
After the June 30 incident, the Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga recently said experts from the cyber forensics department would employ specialised technology to help them unmask the men captured on CCTV cameras strangling a boda boda rider in Kampala.
“Our cyber forensic experts are to use facial recognition technology to be able to get the exact identities of the two suspects captured on video,”Enanga said.
The police mouthpiece said such incidents show that a big number of people have heeded to their call of installing CCTV cameras to their private property including shopping malls, banks, schools and entertainment places.
“We are very happy to note that CCTVs are becoming a very common feature of public life,”Enanga said.
The police spokesperson however explained that CCTV cameras alone cannot fight criminality but noted their work is enhanced alongside other complementary measures.
“Other complementary measures like police patrols, community vigilance and environmental designs like proper lighting help raise CCTV cameras’ credibility as a threat to offenders.”