Commuter taxi driver arrested in connection with murder of a journalist


Kampala, 03rd/July/2013; the Ugandan police is holding a commuter taxi driver in connection with the dreadful murder of a Vision Group journalist, Pere Thomas a fortnight ago. Pere was murdered on June 18 and his body dumped in a trench in Masajja Kibira A zone, along Busaabala road.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Idi  Ibin Ssenkumbi told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that the suspect was arrested from his home at Nateete –a surbub of Kampala, after following his car, “We arrested him from his home at Nateete after police followed a car with blood stains which had been brought for washing, just a day after the killing of the journalist. He could not explain the presence of blood stains on his car.  We can’t reveal his names until the investigations are over.” Ssenkumbi said.

He explained that much as the driver denied that the blood stains belonged to a human being, the results from the obtained blood samples from the vehicle and submitted to the government laboratory for analysis proved that it belong to a human being.  It is however not clear whether the samples matched that of the departed reporter. Ssenkumbi added that they were following up other clues from the suspect’s telephone contacts print out.

The officer in charge of Crime Intelligence and Investigations Department (CIID) at Katwe –a suburb of Kampala, Benon Emmanuel Ayebare told HRNJ-Uganda that the details of the suspect could not be released at the moment as it could jeopardize the investigations, “it is too early to give full details of the investigations, but one person was arrested in connection with the murder.” he said.

The police are also in custody of other exhibits which include an identity card and head cap that were recovered from the scene where the body was dumped.

“This is a major stride made by the police in investigating this murder case. Many journalists are living in constant fear for their lives, as unknown two men attempted to break into the house of a Uganda Radio Network crime reporter; he was saved by the police which fired bullets as they ran away. So, we call upon the police to beef up the safety of Ugandans especially the journalists who are at a great danger for their lives over the journalistic work they do. We hope that the culprits will be brought to book.” said HRNJ-Uganda’ National Coordinator Wokulira Ssebaggala.



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About Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context due to glaring abuses targeting the media. The network gained formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership across the board including the print and electronic media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
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