KAMPALA – The husband of Marina Tumukunde, who was shot dead together with Joshua Rushegyera Nteireho at Nambigirwa Bridge on the Entebbe-Kampala Expressway last Thursday, was shocked to find that she was in Kampala when he had actually left her in Kampala.
According to State-owned newspaper Sunday Vision, Mr Mark Rugenza, a businessman and proprietor of Gabs Lounge in Kololo, Kampala, and Desert Lounge in Mbarara, said he together with Tumukunde had left Kampala for Mbarara on Tuesday.
“I then travelled back to Kampala on Wednesday, leaving her at home in Mbarara. But I am now getting to learn that as soon as I left, she teamed up with friends and travelled to Kampala without my knowledge,” Mr Rugenza is quoted as saying in an interview with Sunday Vision
He said that when he was called on Thursday night and told that his wife had been shot dead in Kampala, he could not believe. “I quickly called a friend in Mbarara to go and check at home and see whether she was actually there. The friend later called and informed me that she didn’t spend the night at home,” he adds
Tumukunde, who was in the back seat of the car, was shot through the right lower neck and the bullet ripped through her left cheek, killing her instantly.
She is said to have been on her way to Entebbe airport. Security investigations so far reveal that the two were shot by somebody who was travelling with them in the same car. By the time of her death, Merina was reportedly carrying a Rwandan identification document with the names of Kamukazi, which explain the Police’s initial error.
Three Police officers have been arrested over the murder. The suspects are attached to the Counter-Terrorism (CT) directorate. They are Davis Taremwa, Hassan Mugote and Wilson Atwijukire. Sources revealed that Taremwa on Thursday evening signed for a sub-machine gun, number UGPOL 563100699022697, which was recovered from the scene of the crime.