“We found the victim in the morning hit several times by unknown people who also robbed his house items. The suspects fled the scene after committing the crime. This was after robbing his house,” the detective said.
Net picture of handcuffed suspect
The young brother to Rwandan national Riky
Kabagambe and four other suspects have allegedly confessed to his killing. Kabagambe's lifeless body was found lying in a pool of blood two days ago at Kinonya
zone, Masanafu parish, Lubaga division, in Kampala.
Homicide detectives from Old Kampala launched a hunt for the killers leading to the arrest of 15 suspects Kabagambe's sibling, John Ayagamba. It is alleged that
Ayagamba and his four other colleagues have confessed to smashing Kabagambe’s
head using a hammer following a disagreement over the money they saved in their piggy bank.
“We found the victim in the morning hit several times by
unknown people who also robbed his house items. The suspects fled the scene
after committing the crime. This was after robbing his house,” the detective
When the scene of crime officers visited the scene they found a hammer nearby the victim’s head and an empty box that is believed to have contained the money. Ayagamba was arrested on a tip-off by
residents of Kanonya zone, Masanafu who sighted him around his brother’s
premises on a fateful morning, and when police were conducting investigations.
Police decided to raid the premises in, which Ayagamba
had been sighted and picked 15 suspects. However, only five including Ayagamba have been linked to the crime. The hideout was just 400 meters from
Kabagambe’s murder scene.
“During the investigation, the police received
information that the brother of the deceased had been spotted in nearby houses
400m away from the crime scene. The police raided the location and arrested 15
suspects, including Ayagamba John the brother of the deceased, and Mwerinde
Bright, who was found with, suspected blood stains on their clothing,”
Other than Ayagamba and Mwerinde, the two other
suspects who were allegedly found with blood stains are Samson Tumwebaze and
Silver Tumusime. Detectives say Tumwebaze had blood stains on his shoes while Tumusime
had a blood-stained jacket.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, confirmed the arrest of Kabagambe’s brother and other suspects. He
added that the exhibits with blood stains like Tumwebaze’s shoes and Tumusime’s
jacket as well as the hammer have been submitted to the Directorate of Forensic
Sciences -DFS for DNA testing.
“The police also found suspected blood stains on the
front porch of the suspects' residence. The recovered exhibits, including blood
samples, bloodstained clothing, shoes, and the suspected murder weapon(hammer),
will have been submitted for forensic analysis,” Owoyesigyire said.
Area residents among others Deo Kitimbo say Kabagambe
and Ayagamba would often have some misunderstandings. Kitimbo adds that even
when they had screams early in the morning, they thought these were the usual fights.
However, they got shocked when they peeped inside the house and
saw Kabagambe’s body in a pool of blood while his brother had since fled the
scene. All 15 suspects, according to Owoyesigyire,
are currently locked up at Old Kampala Police as the investigation
Because courts are in recess, police cannot take the suspects before a magistrate to record an extrajudicial statement.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.