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Akena family give police ultimatum on investigations

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The Uganda police has six months in which to complete investigations into the death of Kenneth Akena Watmon, who was shot dead on Saturday evening.

Akena, 30, a Community Development Officer (CDO) who worked with Aruu County, was killed after he allegedly reversed and rammed into a car belonging to a one Mathew Kanyamunyu. The incident allegedly took place near Game Stores and the Forest Mall in Lugogo.

Since the shooting on Saturday, there have been varying accounts of what could have happened, but media sources indicate the deceased made a ‘dying declaration’ to his brother John Nyeko, in which he said Kanyamunyu was the assailant.

By press time it was not possible to establish the police’s reaction to the ‘ultimatum’ or as to how far police had progressed with investigations, but in an earlier interview the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima confirmed the suspect, who was arrested together with a lady friend, one Cynthia Munwangari, were in police custody at the Jinja Road Police Station.

The death of Akena has stirred emotions, with many insisting thorough investigations must be carried out to establish the killer and motive for the killing. Indeed, one of those peeved by the killing is Aruu county MP Odonga Otto, who has threatened ‘to exhume Akena’s body and take it to Kanyamunyu’s home’ should the investigations appear to be bungled.

In the recent past there have been a couple of killings allegedly carried out or abetted by ‘connected’ people, case in point being the death of Jane Katushabe, who was reportedly tortured in the presence of a senior police officer, Aaron Baguma, the former OC at Central Police Station (CPS). Ms Katushabe later died and Baguma, together with his co-accused Muhammad Sebuwufu, the owner of Pine car bond in Kampala, are facing charges linked to her murder.

Meanwhile, the burial of late Akena will take place later today at his ancestral home in Kitgum.

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