In one of the suspicious calls, Onebe informed a relative who is also a close friend to him that Asio had been seen in Kololo. Five weeks later, Onebe reportedly said she had been seen in Buziga. In other days he reportedly said Bunga or Muyenga.
Courtsey image of Francis Onebe
revealed to detectives investigating the murder of Immaculate Asio Onebe that
her husband, Francis Onebe, had on four separate occasions told them that his
missing wife had been sighted in four different locations in Kampala.
missing on January 6th this year and her husband Onebe quickly came out claiming
she had been abducted by unknown people moving in a Toyota Hiace acommonly known
presented a CCTV footage showing his wife returning from a grocery but being
followed by a woman dressed in black. In the same clip, a vehicle that looks
like a Drone stops adjacent to her as she walks towards her home at Kaggwa Rise,
Lower Mawanga village, Munyoyo Parish, in Makindye West constituency.
Asio’s disappearance took a twist last week when a body suspected to be hers was
retrieved from a septic tank. This was after a security guard, Bonny Oriokot,
who had gone missing a day after Asio’s disappearance abruptly returned to the
home he was guarding and he was arrested by new guard.
Oriokot boldly told police that Onebe knew where his wife was. Police summoned
Onebe to CID headquarters. But his statements differed from the ones earlier
made when he reported Asio was missing. A decision was taken to search in the septic
tank. That was when a body of a woman was seen with a heavy bag placed on its chest.
at Criminal Investigations Directorate – CID have intimated that three of Onebe’s
close friends including a relative say they started doubting Onebe’s story as
early as April. This was after Onebe would once in a while call one of them claiming
that Asio had been sighted in one of the close suburbs of Kampala.
In one of
the suspicious calls, Onebe informed a relative that Asio had been seen in Kololo. Five weeks later, Onebe reportedly said she
had been seen in Buziga. On separate occasions Onebe had Asio had been sighted in Bunga or Muyenga.
“He could spend
like three weeks or a month without giving any information about his wife’s disappearance.
Out of the blue he calls saying Asio had been seen somewhere. We wondered why
security agencies like CMI, crime intelligence he had approached could not see
Asio but only strangers,” said a detective.
Onebe is the
proprietor of Price and King auditing firm. He is aged 72 two years, according to
police, while the allegedly murdered wife was 63 years old. Investigators have described
Asio’s suspected murder as a puzzle since the bar that was placed on her chest
also contained human remains such as a skull, arms and
Spokesperson, Charles Twine, said DNA analysis could take some time since the
body had decomposed in a septic tank and body cells had long ‘died’ out. Police
say now strong reagents need to be applied in order to ‘awaken’ the cells for
As of now,
police are following up three clues as the cause of Asio’s murder. Basing on what
Asio documented about the torture she was enduring in the hands of unmentioned
family members, police suspects it was a murder by domestic violence. There is
also a line of property wrangles and witchcraft. The planned third search of the home was halted on Tuesday.
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.