By Ronaldo N Kalangi
Police in Mukono have arrested a motorcyclist suspected to have assisted in transporting the assailant that shot dead a female Chinese national in September 2017.
The suspect identified as Rashid Mugaya confessed to having ridden his colleague Fred Kaluga alias Mulefu Ngatukaya Edward (already remanded in Luzira) to Nile Steel and Plastic Limited Factory premises with the aim of robbing and sharing the loot.
The suspect was tracked, arrested from his hideout in Banda where he had been hiding for 10 months and the motorcycle suspected to have been used in transporting the assailants impounded.
Background Of The Yei Su 2017 Murder:
On the 1st of September 2017, two suspects Fred Kaluga and Rashid Mugaya accessed the premises of Nile Steel and Plastic Limited Factory using a motorcycle.
Its alleged the two connived with security guards and a few workers at the time, disguised as a clients.
One of the suspects approached the 50 year old Yei Su, a company accountant and put her on gunpoint demanding for money. It’s believed the suspects were targeting wages meant to be paid to workers before the Eid Day Celebrations. Following a physical confrontation shot her four times and was later pronounced dead on arrival at Namirembe Hospital.
The scene of crime was visited, witnesses interviewed describing how the assailants gained entry and subsequently fled after committing the crime.
Police lifted fingerprints, examined, analyzed the footage captured by the CCTV cameras and the hunt for the suspects began.
The prime suspect identified as Fred Kaluga was later arrested at a washing bay in Banda and upon search was found in possession of a pistol.
He confessed having shot at Yei Su four bullets which collaborated the post-mortem report and also confessed to having participated in another robbery last year at Gimitex in Banda using a toy pistol.
Investigators established the pistol number 201862/606 had been stolen from a Saracen Security Supervisor at Royal Van Zaten Limited a flower factory in Namayiba Mukono District however the Security Group had earlier on filed a case of a missing gun.
Other four suspects identified as Ogwal, Kataala Naluuda, Omara and a one Musinguzi were arrested for being accomplices in the murder, taken to court and remanded to Luzira Prison.
The remaining suspect (Rashid Mugaya) is currently detained at Mukono Police Station vide CRB: 1133/2017 also on charges of murder and is yet to be arraigned before courts of law.