KASANGATI: Police in Kasangati on Monday arrested three suspects over the murder of a businesswoman.
According to police the victim’s brother Pius Mugambwa 26, Sunday Nsubuga 32 a cab driver and Kasim Mpalanyi alias engineer, aged 37 confessed to killing Elizabeth Nakato, aka Mulongo, 32, a businesswoman.
The 32 year- old Luwum Street businesswoman died of fatal injuries on her head on Friday April 6, 2018 and was dumped at Kakelenge, Mattuga, Kasangati Sub-county in Wakiso District.
A police statement indicates that Mugambwa had been a confidant to his sister with whom they shared a lot.
Nakato confided in the brother on how she intended to sell her plots of land so that she could acquire another close to the city.
On learning this, Mugambwa hatched a plan together with his colleague Mpalanyi with whom they called Nakato telling her they had buyers who she should prepare to meet.
However, the actual plan, according to the confession made by the suspects was to kill Nakato and take ownership of the plots.
Mugambwa was to own the two plots in Mpoma, while the colleague was to own one plot in Bukerere and the driver to be paid Shs1 million.
Since Nakato had been convinced that she was going to meet the buyers, the brother told her to come along with all the sales agreements and the original documents.
The suspects hired a Premio vehicle registration number UAK 824H, driven by Nsubuga.
On their way to pick up Nakato, Mpalanyi, who is also a property broker at Infinity Properties and Brokers Limited picked up a black backpack which he kept in the rear seat of the car.
Nakato was picked up around Namugongo Shrine on Friday April 6, 2018 at 3:00pm and according to the suspects she was seemingly excited that she would finally find a buyer for her plots of land.
A few miles later, Mpalanyi pounced on her and began to strangle her while her brother held the legs to weaken her.
After a long scuffle Mpalanyi drew a hammer out of the backpack and hit her five times on her head, killing her instantly.
He then told the brother that the only way to cover up the murder was to rape the deceased so that the crime would look like other reported cases of women murders, thus make it hard for the investigators to solve the case.
The brother together with Mpalanyi took turns having canal knowledge with the dead woman before dumping her body in Kakelenge.
Mpalanyi, who then felt he had played the biggest part in the mission carried with him the deceased’s phone, and sales agreements.
At a washing bay where Nsubuga took the car for cleaning, the car washers realized that there were blood stains all over. However, the driver claimed it was chicken blood that was left by witchdoctors during the journey.
Unconvinced, the concerned washers rushed and reported to Kanyanya Police Station, prompting police to impound the vehicle and arrested the driver.
Blood samples were taken to the Government Analytical Laboratory (GAL) in Wandegeya which revealed these were human blood stains. This acted as a lead for the investigators to net the other suspects.
A search at the home of Mpalanyi revealed the phone belonging to the deceased, a story book bearing the names of her son and two sales agreements.
One original sales agreement with the names of the deceased was recovered together with a duplicate, indicating that she has sold her plots to someone else.
The three suspects are currently detained at Kasangati Police Station charged with aggravated murder and rape. Vide CRB 103/2018.