1 February 2013

Uganda: No Arrests Made in MP Tinkasimire's Wife Arson Case

Three months after arsonists torched the house of Buyaga Member of Parliament Barnabas Tinkasimire's wife that led to her death; Police are yet to arrest any suspect.

Agnes Ageno Tinkasimire, aged 40, breathed her last on Sunday 08 0ctober last year at Mulago national referral hospital where she was nursing severe burns after spending five days in an intensive care unit.

She sustained multiple injuries when unidentified assailants torched her house in Mukono early on Tuesday 05 October 2012.

According to Superintendent (SP) of Police Charles Mutungi, who has been in charge of the case since its transfer to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) headquarters in Kireka, police have not get any clues into the case.

Accordingly, police has not arrested anyone in connection to the incident, meaning justice to the late Ageno will have to wait longer than was anticipated.

Mutungi urged the public especially the neighbours of the deceased to divulge information that could help in demystifying the events that led to her death.

" We appeal to all those who have clues about people who could be behind this heinous act to disclose it to officers in any police station nearest to them," said Mutangi.

Mutungi disclosed that Fred Mwesigwa, who was initially arrested by Mukono police over the incident, has been released since police could not find any tangible evidence to pin him.

Mwesigwa was arrested few days after the arson but was immediately handed over to SIU due to the sensitivity of the case only to be released on bond. He has since complied with the bond condition of reporting to SIU once a month.

Asked if the file will be closed if no suspect is nabbed, Mutungi said the case is one of the most important in his career and he will pursue it until the culprits are brought to justice.

"The file is open and we will continue hunting for the perpetrators of this evil act until we smoke them out, hopefully this happens soon enough because I want justice to be done fast," Mutungi said.

Mwesigwa was the deceased's tenant at Hamu Mukasa village in Mukono Municipality.

Prior to the incidence, Tinkasimire's late wife had reportedly developed misunderstandings with Mwesigwa over a visitor he wanted to stay with.

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