By Fred Kiva
Police have arrested three people in connection with the murder and burning of Case Hospital Accountant, Francis Ekalugar. Ekalugar went missing last Tuesday, as he headed to the Bank to deposit 15million hospital funds.
The charred body which was later confirmed to be his through DNA test, was recovered a day later in Kajjansi.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson says three guards at the hospital have been arrested to help the police investigations. He names the suspects as Hamza Mulema aged 30, Oscar Ogweng Gonzaga, 24 guards at Case Hospital and 24year old Vincent Chandia, a guard attached to G4S, a private security farm.
Owoyesigyire says Mulema and Chandia’s movements were captured on the Hospital’s CCTV Camera as the deceased drove out on Tuesday afternoon. He explains that one of the suspects followed Ekalugar’s vehicle up to the road.
“We are holding the trio at Kampala Central Police Station and they are helping us to investigate this matter,” Owoyesigyire says. The motive of this brutal murder remains unclear and whether the deceased had already banked the money or not, as the hospital managers are yet to record statements with police.
Owoyesigyire says the hospital managers were first left to bury their deceased staff. Ekalugar, also a renowned cricket umpire was buried on Sunday in Busia District.
Police have recovered pieces of firewood and a lead of a jerrycan, reportedly used to carry petrol to the crime scene.