Army, CID conducting separate investigations in murder of journalist Kagolo

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The Criminal Investigations Directorate –CID and Uganda People’s Defence Forces –UPDF are conducting parallel investigations into the shooting of journalist Robert Kagolo.

Kagolo was shot at around 8pm on Thursday last week at his murdered brother, Samuel Musiitwa’s home at Bugembejembe village, Wakiso District. The deceased, who was also former president of Uganda Journalists’ Association –UJA, was gunned down as he returned Musiitwa’s children home after their father’s burial in Gomba District.

Uganda Radio Network –URN understands that CID and UPDF have decided to conduct separate investigations purposely to understand whether there was any motive since Kagolo had earlier claimed to have gathered more than enough evidence on who were behind the kidnap and murder of his elder brother Musiitwa.

Kagolo, according to a senior military officer who preferred anonymity, went to Kakiri barracks and asked for soldiers to protect his slain brother’s home as they went for burial at Namabye village in Gomba.

Musiitwa was abducted in his wife’s car and spent days missing until his abductors gave him a phone to alert his relatives how he was going to be killed and directed them where they were to pick his body.

Indeed, relatives led by Kagolo found Musiitwa inside a forest at Kasengejje in Wakiso district almost dead. They attempted taking him to a nearby health facility but officially declared dead minutes later. A military officer said Kagolo left soldiers at Musiitwa’s home but they were changed before he returned from Gomba.

“You see, the soldiers he left at home knew him because they had interacted with him even before they set off for burial,”  the army officer said. “But the ones that were brought afterwards did not know him and we are not sure whether they shot by accident or it was planned. That is why we are conduct our own investigations.”

Police had earlier left investigations to be carried out by Wakiso Division but because of several clues coming regarding the Musiitwa and Kagolo murders, Kampala Metropolitan CID commander, Benard Muhumuza, has been tasked to take lead in the search for the truth.

“There is a line of Samuel Musiitwa’s relationship and his wife having gone sour,” a senior officer told URN. “The man and wife had all opened up separate cases with each accusing the other of having intentions to hurt the other. We also have a line of Musiitwa’s land deals that went bad. We all want to know the truth.” 

The situation is becoming worse as armed men have attacked the home of deceased brothers’ parents in Gomba. Fortunately, a neighbour in Gomba who heard the parents shouting for help called police which was on night patrol and they arrived in less than 10 minutes. The attackers who had three motorcycles took off. Police led by DPC Richard Eramu pursued the attackers until they abandoned the motorcycle. 

Musiitwa allegedly accused his wife of cheating on him with a medical doctor. The couple’s disagreement had also been notified to local leaders and a number of relatives. But the reconciliatory efforts had all yielded no results.

Rushid Mamuli, the soldier who allegedly shot Kagolo dead is currently detained at Kakiri military barracks. However, police detectives haven’t accessed him for a statement on what transpired before Kagolo was killed. 

Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson, in a statement after the shooting said Kagolo hurriedly bumped into Musiitwa’s home which guarded by soldiers, claiming that there was a vehicle trailing him.

“Kagolo knocked the gate with his car while attempting to gain entry into the home. It is from there that a disagreement between him and the LDU personnel started. Unfortunately, the disagreement led to the shooting, which is still being investigated,” he said.

The five members UPDF investigations team constituted by First Division commander, Maj Gen Samuel Kawagga, is led by Lt Col Jane Mukasa. Others on the team include Maj Erick Musinguzi, Maj Albert Nomwesigwa, one Capt Charles and one Muidu. 

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