Crime & Investigation

Nagirinya Murder: Red Coat Prime Suspect Arrested In Operation

The Chieftancy of Military Intelligence CMI in a joint operation with Police and ISO on Sunday night raided a house in Natete and arrested three people alleged to be the prime suspects in the murder of NGO worker Maria Nagirinya and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa.

The major breakthrough was revealed on Monday morning during a security press briefing held at police headquarters in Naguru.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the operation led to the arrest of the man who was captured on CCTV cameras while driving the late Nagirinya’s car.

Though he did not disclose the identities of the suspects, Mr Enanga said that the operatives also recovered the attire that is; the red jacket and white shirt which one of the prime suspects was wearing.

“We want to assure the family and Ugandans that we have the right suspects in this case and we are now interrogating them further to find out how they targeted the victims and also get up a timeline of events of how they moved them up to Mukono and dumped their lifeless bodies,” he said.

Enanga added that the operation was successful because it was based on use of advanced mechanisms that were used following the leads got from the first three suspects who were arrested earlier.

According to security, the earlier suspects included two boda boda riders and another man who was also not identified.

In the Sunday operation, authorities revealed that the suspects were also found in possession of SIM cards belonging to the two deceased persons.

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Security also said that the suspects withdrew all the money that their victims had on their lines.

“We are also processing them for DNA comparison to match with samples we got from the car and finger prints,” said police.

Nagirinya and her driver Kitayimbwa were kidnapped from Busega on 28th August and later found dead in Mukono district.

According to police, the suspects were arrested from Natete in Kampala.

“They have also given us the SIM cards of both victims of which they withdrew the money that they had,” Enanga.

The operation was conducted by a joint team of investigators comprising of the Police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and the Internal Security Organisation (ISO).

Suspects are currently held at CMI facility in Kireka as security agencies process them.

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