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INSIDE STORY: How seven men were paid UGX1m to kill Nagirinya

Man in the car who is said to have kidnapped and murdered Ms Maria was reportedly arrested alongside his colleagues (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – The killers of social worker Maria Nagirinya and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa were paid UGX1m to execute the mission, details of the investigation have revealed.

Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa were kidnapped on August 28, outside her home in Lungujja, on the outskirts of Kampala, and later killed and dumped in Nama Sub-county, Mukono District.

And now it has emerged that seven suspects were hired by a yet-to-be-identified person and paid UGX1m to kill Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa. The angle was revealed by five suspects arrested on Sunday night during a raid on their hideout in Nateete, Rubaga Division, Kampala.

The suspects have reportedly told interrogators that they shared the money and each one of them got UGX130,000.

Sources close to the investigations told this website that the assailants forced their victims to reveal their mobile money account pin codes and went ahead to withdraw mobile money off the telephone handsets of the deceased.

According to sources, the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) led the operation on Sunday where the suspects were picked from Mabiito Club in Nateete on Sunday night at around 11 pm.

Sources said the suspect who was captured in a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera footage driving Nagirinya’s car was arrested with the same jacket that is maroon in colour.

This same suspect was found to have been released from Luzira Prison in July last year after murdering of a mobile money agent in 2013.

The revelation brings close to resolving the mysterious murder. On Monday, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed that the security teams recovered some exhibits from the suspects home including a red jacket that the suspected kidnapper was wearing on the day of the kidnap and a Sim card belonging to Kitayimbwa. The exhibits were handed to forensic experts for examination.

Mr Enanga said police are processing the suspects for DNA examination particularly to establish fingerprint that remained on Nagirinya steering wheel. Nagirinya was a project coordinator for Community Integrated Development Initiative – CIDI, based in Muyenga along Tank Hill road. On a fateful day, she had been awarded a certificate alongside 65 others workers after completing a three days workshop.

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