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Missing Makerere University student: Police to exhume body for DNA test

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By Charles Etukuri

The Uganda Police Force on Monday October 24, 2022, said they would exhume a body and take it for DNA comparison to find out whether it was that of Jacky Nakabembe, a Makerere University student who was reported missing on October 11, 2022.

This follows the arrest of five people linked to her disappearance and recovery of her phone from one of the suspects. It also comes in the wake of her family giving her description that matched the body that was recovered on October 11, from a water channel behind Regency Bar Naguru.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire in an interview with the Kampala Sun  said they would also review the postmortem report to ascertain the cause of the death. Owoyesigyire explained that her brother Bbosa Sowedi a boda boda rider and resident of Wakiso who reported the case on October 11, 2022 at Kasokoso Police Post.

“A case of disappearance was registered for investigations via Kasokoso and the later transferred to Ntinda Police Station,” Owoyesigyire said.

He noted that Police retrieved call data records of the victims’ telephone number and also interviewed relevant witnesses including Lina Lumulu wife to her brother and obtained her written statement.

 “We arrested 5 people including Reagan Mulangira, Emma Tayebwa, Dickens Agumeneitwe, Saulo Kakuru and Bernard Kalyebye to help with the investigations,” he said.

Owoyesigyire said police checked with the Kampala Capital City Council Mortuary at Mulago but did not find her body.

Police investigations found out that Mulangira was a student at Makerere in the same faculty with the victim studying Bachelor of Arts in Economics whereas Nakabembe was studying Bachelors of Developmental Economics and they knew each other.

“When the victim was caught in examination malpractice, Mulangira introduced her to Emma Tayebwa who volunteered to help her at Senate Building in Makerere University with her case and he proceeded and helped her get off the matter,” Owoyesigyire added.

He said after she was helped, the victim out of excitement demanded to meet Tayebwa and Mulangira directed her to Nansana. While at Nansana, Tayebwa sent a boda boda rider Kalyebe who picked the victim and delivered her to his house. 

“After about forty minutes Tayebwa called Kalyebe to come pick her and take her to the stage so that she could pick a taxi to take her to Bweyogerere,” he noted.

Owoyesigyire said according to Lumulu, the deceased revealed prior to her disappearance that Tayebwa had been threatening her that he would go back to Makerere University and have her results cancelled if she didn’t agree to marry him.

 “Sowedi revealed that he overheard the victim talk on phone on the night of October 7 and when he asked who she was talking to, the victim claimed he was talking to Tayebwa,” Owoyesigyire stated.

Police said that call records from the victim showed that she was instead talking to Agumeneitwe and that on October 9, 2022, the number that belonged to Agumeneitwe was inserted in the victim’s phone after she went missing.

“The phone of the victim was tracked and recovered in possession of Saulo Kakuru who revealed that he had bought the same phone from Agumeneitwe and that led to his arrest. According Agumeneitwe he claimed that he bought the phone from someone he identified as Pastor,” Owoyesigyire noted

Police said it was further established that on October 11, a police officer attached to Naguru Remand Home Police Post delivered a decomposing body of a female adult to KCCA mortuary.

“Post mortem was conducted on the body on October 15, 2022 the body was buried at KCCA cemetery as unclaimed body. According to the police officer, he picked the body on October 11, from a water channel behind Regency Bar Naguru,” Police noted.

Owoyesigyire said the description of the body by the mortuary staff that included that the body looked that of a 25-year-old woman suited the details provided by the relatives of the victim.

He said police had also interviewed the victim’s colleagues at Wefunile Company Ltd where she worked and were tracing for the nearby CCTV cameras of the scene where the body was recovered for retrieval and analysis.

He also said they were tracing for the said pastor with the help of Agumeneitwe.

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