Couple Killer Arrested After 2 Years On The Run

A man thought to be responsible for the killing of a husband and wife in their home in Rakai in 2013 has been arrested.

Emmanuel Magambe in police custody
Emmanuel Magambe in police custody

The suspect Emmanuel Magembe was arrested at Mutukulu, trying to cross into Tanzania on Tuesday.

Better known as Kasigala in the area, Magembe disappeared from Sagala Village, kyotera town council in 2013 after the mysterious deaths of Charles Yiga and his wife Maureen Namata.

Yiga and his wife Namata were found hacked to death in their house. Yiga and his wife Namata were killed on June 17, 2013. The assailant had bored a hole through the wall of the house to gain access and kill them.

The attackers reportedly made off with some sacks of coffee, a motorcycle Reg. UED 362A and also tore a land agreement and other important documents into pieces.

A  few days after the incident, Rakai police summoned Tom Balojja, the Lyantonde District Education Officer to record a statement in connection with incident.

Investigators’ preliminary findings found that Balojja and Yiga reportedly had a longstanding wrangle over a small plot of land near the school Kyotera Academy S.S owned by Balojja.

However, Balojja was questioned for over three hours on matters concerning the land dispute with Yiga which detectives believed could have been the cause of his death. But he was later released while investigations continued.

Since then, the police’s flying squad, has been hunting for the elusive killers whom they have been tracking for over one and a-half years.

Francis Tumwebaze, the District Police Commander, counts Magembe’s arrest a break through which would lead them to other suspects on the same murder file CRB-KTR/597/2013.

Tumwebaze says the police later zeroed in on Magambe because of his previous criminal record. Police said they had reason to suspect Magembe was part of a killer gang responsible for many homicides in Rakai and the region.

Taban Chiriga, the District Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Officer, says Magembe’s arrest comes on the heels of determined action by police to solve murder cases.

Chiriga says that Magembe is linked to five other crimes including armed robbery, mobile money shops robbery, car and motorcycle theft, smuggling among others.

On January 14, 2013, assailants attacked and killed Pastor Steven Mugambe of Kyebe Pentecostal Church along with others including Noeline Nalinya, Berna Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo Musanya.

Only four minors who hid under the bed survived the incident.

The murder of nine family members in one house captured national headlines prompting several security organs to embark on an operation to investigate the increased killings in Rakai District.

Later one, after one year, three suspects namely Vincent Fagesi, a Tanzanian national (29), Asuman Muddu (18) and Ponsiano Lwakataka, a prominent Ugandan rally driver were arrested and charged with murder on file CRB 015/13 Kasensero police.

As of now, the trio has been committed to High Court pending trial.

However, Magembe denied any connection with killing of the couple and said it was a case of mistaken identity. He further said that he was busy transacting his businesses at Mutukula when police intercepted him claiming he was a murderer.