The father of the late Maria Naggirinya has been waiting for justice for four years. Although his daughter's killers were sentenced, he still wonders who sent the killers that ended her life a question the court didn't find an answer to.
On August, 28, 2019, Francis Anthony Lubowa did not sleep as a newly married man because his daughter Maria Naggirinya had been kidnapped and taken away in her Spacio, number UBA 570V.
At lunchtime on August, 30, 2023, it was reported that police in collaboration with CMI had found two bodies in Nakitutulu swamp in Mukono district and identified them as Maria Naggirinya and her former driver Ronald Kitayimbwa. Police also confirmed that the killers had dumped the bodies there.
The tears, grief, and pain of the victims led them to curse the murderers vowing that they would not rest until they paid.
While the bodies of Naggirinya and Kitayimbwa were buried, eight policemen who were supposed to be on the surveillance cameras in Nateete on the night Naggirinya and her driver disappeared were the first to be arrested and convicted of negligence.
Four youths were also arrested led by Kasolo Copuliyamu who called himself Arsenal, Johnson Lubega who called himself Manomano, Kalyango Nasif and Kisekka Hassan.
Three of them were remanded and they explained how they kidnapped the deceased from Lungujja to Nakitutulu in Mukono district where they dumped the bodies.
They were charged with six counts for the murder of Naggirinya and Kitayimbwa and later remanded.
Because Naggirinya's father was not finished wandering around with the officers and prosecutor, the six cases were started on in the High Court but the COVID-19 pandemic cut the pace of the hearing short.
Although Kasolo and his co-accused were given the opportunity to plead and address the court, the evidence ended up convicting Kasolo and Lubega and sentencing them to life imprisonment, while their three co-accused were sentenced to 30 years each, and Kateregga Sadat was acquitted.
After four years of seeking justice, Maria Naggirinya's father says he was heartbroken by the punishment given to his daughter's killers although it cannot bring the deceased back to life.
What still brings tears to his eyes is who sent the killers that took her beloved daughter’s life.