Uganda: Swedish National Found Dead in House

25 February 2019

Jinja — Police in Jinja District are investigating the death of a 70-year-old Swedish national who is believed to have died on Sunday night.

Patik Persis' body was on Monday morning found slumped in a mint green leather couch in the living room of his house on Kisinja Road, Jinja Municipality.

Police have so far not suspected foul play.

A half-empty bottle of mineral water, two mobile phones and a television remote control were found on a table in the room.

"The body has been taken to Jinja Hospital Mortuary as investigations continue, although we suspect it to be a natural death considering the body's posture," the Kiira Regional Police Spokesperson, Ms Diana Nandaula, said.

Persis reportedly worked with Sarlin Group which was contracted to construct Bujjagali power dam.

"But when his contract expired, he bought a house where he has been staying," Mr John Mubiru, one of the residents, said.

Mr Mubiru said, Persis owned Bamiam Hotel in Malindi, Kayunga District.

According to Mr Mubiru, Persis had developed some misunderstandings with the administrators of his hotel which compelled him to close it.

He said that Persis was last seen jogging on Sunday morning, a routine he keenly followed.

"He has been living with a maid who always returned to her village every weekend. However, when she reported back on Monday, she found him in his sitting room chair dead," he said.

Mr Mubiru said Persis has a wife and 16-year-old son who always travelled from Sweden to Uganda for holidays.

Swedish Embassy officials were reportedly travelling form Kampala to pick the body.

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