Foreign national found dead in Mbarara hotel

Police officers load the body of Mussie Woldehaimanot onto a police pickup truck.

Police in Mbarara District on Wednesday picked from a hotel in Mbarara Town the body of a Swedish national of Eritrean descent who reportedly took his own life under unclear circumstances.

A suicide note recovered from his death bed indicates that the deceased is Mussie Woldehaimanot, a resident of Kansanga in Kampala.

In the note seen by this website, Woldehaimanot indicates that he decided to end his own life.

“I have decided to kill myself. Please call Swedish embassy to inform them. I am sorry for the mess,” the note reads in part.

The deceased also left his telephone contact and that of the embassy.

Police said they are investigating the matter after taking statements from hotel staff.

The death comes after police reported that five foreign nationals died in Uganda between February 5 and 19. Among them is Tuomas Juha Petteri Teräsvuori, a Finish national, whose death at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Nakasero on February 6 has become a subject of rope pulling among security agencies on the investigations about his death.

The suicide note left by Mussie in the hotel.

Last week, the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) disputed the police report regarding the death, saying the CCTV footage from Pearl of Africa Hotel where Petteri stayed was doctored and hence inconsistent with police reports.

“Some people treated us to funny information from a certain video photography trying to divert us from the right information. Most of that was acted, including that of the journalist who was part of the act,” Lt Col Aliganyira said.

“Police have their own report. We have our own report. They have the wrong CCTV footage, which was digitally manipulated,” he added.

However, ISO has handed over the five suspects implicated in the death to police.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said the suspects have been interrogated and their file handed over to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for advice.

“We have been able to access the other suspects in the racket that have been held by our sister security agencies, including ISO,” he said.



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