KAMPALA – Security agencies are currently interrogating a city girl in connection with the kidnap and murder of Maria Nagirinya and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa last week.
Fortune Mugisha Ayebare was reported missing on Tuesday night from Kireka but police have said that she was arrested after it emerged she was among the last people seen with Nagirinya shortly before she was killed.
Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa were kidnapped by men in Lungujja, Rubaga Division in Kampala City on the night of August 28. The suspects later abandoned their victim’s car and dumped their bodies in Mukono District.
Senior security sources last evening told this website that the joint investigation team of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organisation and Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) are interrogating her in connection with the murder.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango confirmed Ayebare was in police custody.
“I am not privy to why she was arrested but the officer who picked her up notified the police and we have informed her parents of her detention,” Onyango stated.
It also emerged that security operatives handling the case have recorded statements from the deceased’s husband and some family members.
So far, police have arrested three suspects linked to the killing of the two victims. Other five people were detained for obstructing police officers from arresting one the three suspects linked to the murder of the two victims.
On Tuesday, the deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye released the CCTV footage showing Nagirinya’s car a Spacio registration number UBA 570V being driven by one of the kidnappers.
However, the police images of the suspect aren’t clear enough. It was taken by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera.
A police source said the facial recognition cameras on the route that the suspects are said to have used didn’t capture the driver’s face due to insignificant lighting.
Apparently, the suspect in the car appears to have to gloves, which is important evidence if fingerprints are lifted. Police spokesman Fred Enanga said they fingerprints had been lifted by detectives.
Police have put undisclosed amount of money to anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of a person in the images that security agencies released yesterday.