Security operatives from both Police and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) have arrested the prime suspects in the kidnap and subsequent murder of Maria Nagirinya a few weeks ago.
Nagirinya, 28, was together with her driver, a one Ronald Kitayimbwa waylaid by unknown people while accessing the gate at her rented residence in Busega and kidnapped before the duo’s bodies were recovered in Mukono.
Police later released CCTV footage showing a man wearing a white shirt, a red coat and a cap on his head driving Nagirinya’s vehicle, a Toyota Spacio, registration number UBA570V.
However, according to police spokesperson Fred Enanga, three people including the man captured on CCTV driving Nagirinya’s vehicle have been arrested.
“Based on intelligence, a raid was carried out in Nateete and arrested three prime suspects in a hideout including the man whom we saw in a red jacket driving Nagirinya’s vehicle,”Enanga said on Monday morning.
Pressed more to give details, the police mouthpiece said he could not reveal the identities of the three prime suspects but said preliminary investigations point to them as being behind the kidnap and subsequent murder of Nagirinya and her driver, Kitayimbwa.
“We have exhibited the clothing we recovered from them as we interrogate them further for more details.”
The police mouthpiece said the recent arrest brings the number of suspects in their custody over Nagirinya’s murder to six, including two boda boda riders and another person who was driven and dropped at the deceased’s home in Lungujja.
He said detectives will now interrogate them to patch up pieces that would lead them to the entire pattern of the kidnap, transportation and murder of the duo from Lungujja in Kampala, to Mukono.
“We are trying to interrogate them to find out how they targeted Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa, kidnapped them and later dropped them to Mukono where they dropped bodies,”Enanga added.
The body of Nagirinya, a staff at Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) a Non-Government Organisation that works in the Water and Sanitation sub-sector who kidnapped from Busega in Kampala was found dumped in a trench in Mukono together with that of her driver, Ronald Kitayimbwa with whom she was kidnapped.
Her vehicle had earlier been recovered in Nateete where it had been abandoned and according to detectives, it had bloodstains, an indicator that the duo had been hit on their heads.
A car jerk was also recovered to further indicate that it had been used to hit the deceased.