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Eyewitness Account: How Designer Drake Mwebesa was Killed in Najjera

Police have commenced investigations into circumstances under which one of Uganda’s finest website designers, Drake Mugabi Mwebesa, was knocked dead by a driver in Najjera, Wakiso District on Friday morning.

Pictures of the crime scene show Mwebesa’s lifeless body in a pool of blood.

ChimpReports’ Investigations Team which visited the scene was told by eyewitnesses, whose identities we will not reveal for security reasons, that Mwebesa crossed the road at Hass Fuel station to pick a boda boda.

“That guy gently crossed the road after waving down a boda boda rider,” recalled an eyewitness.

“As he negotiated with the rider, a car rammed into him before speeding off to an unknown destination.”

A traffic officer identified as Kakaire said they were “investigating a case of hit-and-run” but urged our reporters to contact the police public relations office for more details

From eyewitness accounts, the driver was not driving at a high speed when he struck Mwebesa.

The driver apparently accelerated after Mwebesa flew 20 metres through the air to land on the tarmac road. Mwebesa died instantly.

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The boda rider left the scene without a scratch.

The incident, which occurred at around 3:00am, has raised eyebrows among Mwebesa’s friends.

We’ve also learnt some individuals visited the scene where they asked attendants at Hass Fuel station whether they saw the killer car.

ChimpReports could not establish whether it were security officials or Mwebesa’s associates.

It’s also feared those who knew how Mwebesa died could have been at the scene to find ways of covering up for the killer.

A general inquiry file registration number Kiira Div Tar 73/2018 of hit-and-run has been opened at Najjera police station to facilitate investigations into the bloody incident.

Report

The preliminary report shows Mwebesa, a “pedestrian” and resident of Buwate, Najjera in Kiira Division, was knocked dead by an “unidentified” motor vehicle “and it never stopped.”

Traffic officers said they visited the scene and ensured the body was taken to KCCA Mortuary for postmortem.

All police stations have been instructed to “cross check for any suspicious vehicles in garages” and “if seen, impound and inform for collection.”

Life

Aged 37, Mwebesa was born in Sheema District. He attended Namilyango College School and University of Dar Es Salaam.

Mwebesa lived in Tanzania until 2016 when he returned to Uganda to form Web Studios.

He recently designed the website for Electronic Single window to help in facilitating traders electronically submit all the required regulatory documents like permits, customs declarations and all regulatory documents using a single access point.

Douglas Baryevuga, a close friend of Mwebesa, described the deceased as “amiable and social.”

Friends and relatives have since posted their condolence messages on social media platform, Facebook.

The deceased was a brother of Robert Munanura, a Commissioner of Prisons.

A church service will be held today Friday at St Luke Church, Ntinda at 3:00pm after which the body will be taken to Sheema for burial on Sunday afternoon.

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