Police have finally retrieved the body of a woman who was captured on cameras drowning in an open manhole during heavy rains in the city.
Footage from the police cctv cameras on May 2 captured Cissy Namukasa who was coming from Bugoloobi fall in a trench and was washed away towards the Industrial Area by fast running water during a heavy downpour.
Over the weekend, Police retrieved the body after being tipped off one of the residents in Namuwongo.
“On Sunday, we managed to recover and retrieve the body in a swamp in Namuwongo –Kanyogoga zone in Makindye Division after being tipped off by one Suleiman Kasumba, a 70- year –old man who came across the human remains,” Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said on Monday.
The police mouthpiece explained that the 70-year-old man who was going about his daily errands saw a skull, skeleton and a jacket that forced him to alert security to further ascertain whether they were human remains.
Enanga said the remains have since been transferred to the city mortuary in Mulago for DNA analysis before confirming the identity of the lady but noted it is highly believed it is the body of Cissy Namukasa.
Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said whereas the relatives of the deceased claimed the remains are of Namukasa, only a DNA analysis can confirm the same.
He noted that samples have been taken to the Government Analytical Laboratory for further analysis.
Following the incident in which Namukasa was captured on police cctv cameras drowning in a manhole during a heavy downpour in Nakawa, there was a public uproar about the manner KCCA is handling the drainage system in the city.
Activists later dragged KCCA to court for failure to make city drainage channels safe for pedestrians.
In the suit where the Attorney General was also listed as a respondent, Legal Brains Trust, a Kampala based human rights and democracy watchdog averred that the current state of roads, drainage channels, sewers and related infrastructure in Kampala city is demonstrably unsafe and inherently hazardous to city dwellers.