President Museveni has for the first time spoken about the Kampala- Entebbe Expressway and said he will deal with what he termed as pigs who killed his cousin Joshua Nteyireho.
Joshua Ruhegyera Nteyireho and Merina Tumukunde who were traveling in a Toyota Prado registration number UAW 534B headed to Mpala were shot dead by unknown assailants at Namibgirwa bridge on Thursday night along the Entebbe Expressway.
Commenting about the recent spate of criminality in the country, Museveni said Nteyireho was his nephew, being a son of his cousin Kyohairwe whom she said was married to an NRM supporter in Bushenyi he identified as Rushegyera.
He, however, noted he will not allow the killers of his nephew go away with it.
“As I told you before, these criminals are pigs. Anybody who kills people outside war is a pig. Moreover, many are stupid. They forget that all crime leaves clues and, eventually, the criminals will be captured,”Museveni said.
The President, however, admitted that before the killing of Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu in 2016, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi and Col.Ibrahim Abiriga in 2018 the security infrastructure had lagged behind prompting him to present the 10 point plan that would help deal with criminality.
He revealed that despite the entire plan not being fully implemented, there are tangible results with a number of arrests.
“With the modest investments we have made in the anti-crime infrastructure, the criminals are in trouble. Why? They are leaving behind many clues which was not the case before. Secondly, they are helping us to expose the weaknesses of the Police or their allies in the Police,” he said.
Security recently arrested David Taremwa, a police officer attached to the Counter-Terrorism unit on suspicion that he has knowledge of the killers of Joshua Nteyireho and Merina Tumukunde.
According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, footage from CCTV cameras along the Entebbe Expressway indicated that the deceased had moved between Kajjansi and Entebbe side four times on the fateful day.
At the crime scene,Nteyireho’s body was lying in a pool of blood with a bullet wound in the head whereas his left hand was clutching an AK47 rifle.
“Their vehicle was captured on our CCTV cameras moving four times between 8 pm and 10 pm,” Enanga said.
On examination, the rifle number UG POL56-3100699022697 was found to belong to police, raising a number of questions.
Investigations have found out that Merina Tumukunde, the female occupant in the car was shot from the right-hand side of the vehicle in which they were traveling in.
“When you look at injuries that Merina(Tumukunde) had, it shows that she had a bullet wound through the right-hand side of the neck and it came out from the left side between the mouth and the ear. This means the bullet came through the lower neck upwards,”Enanga said.
This assertion could partly help to crack the puzzle on how both doors on the right-hand side of the Toyota Prado were found open.
“This means somebody (shooter) was on the right-hand side,”Enanga added.
Police said they are ruling out claims that Joshua Nteyireho had shot himself noting that the site of the wound on his body showed that some other person could have shot him.
The Police mouthpiece explained that the entry of the bullet into Nteyireho’s body was on the left-hand side above the ear and exited at the ride hand side of the cheek.
“If you are to commit suicide, you can’t carry the gun at that angle and direction.”
He insisted that the person who fired the shots was at close range adding that despite the vehicle facing Entebbe side, Nteyireho was shot facing the opposite side.
Security is also investigating the circumstances under which the victims’ vehicle stopped and parked properly on the roadside along the Expressway at night.
Investigators are looking at clues points at the occupants of the vehicle were called by someone known to them to stop at that point or someone known to them having waved them down before the shooting.