Three days after being discovered dead on Christmas Day, Mutatina was buried at Kagadi Hospital Cemetery after no-one showed up to claim his body.
PIC: Kagadi Police and the family of the murdered Mutatina exhume his body at the Kagadi Hospital cemetery two weeks after he was buried there. (Credit: Andrew Musinguzi)
CRIME | DEATH
KAGADI – Ali Fadulu Mutatina, 34, travelled from his home in Mubende district destined for Kagadi district to reportedly do a business deal.
That was two days before Christmas Day last year.
Mutatina had told his wife he would return home the following day (December 24), but when he failed to show up, she got suspicious and reported the matter to Mubende Police.
What Jane Nakiwuga did not know was that her husband, a car dealer, would never return.
At the time, she was unaware that her husband had been found murdered, with his body dismembered and dumped by the road side at Kyamajaka village in Muhorro town council, Kagadi.
Three days after being discovered dead on Christmas Day, Mutatina was buried at the Kagadi Hospital cemetery after no-one showed up to claim his body.
It is nearly two weeks since and Police in Kagadi have had to exhume the body and hand it to the deceased’s family after they made an appearance.
“We have exhumed the decapitated body of a businessman who was murdered by unidentified assailants on Christmas Day,” Romeo Ojara, the Kagadi district Police commander, said.
He said Mutatina was a resident of Kasana ward in Mubende Municipality.
“The body was identified by Nakiwunga and their 15-year-old son Ibrahim Mutatina,” Ojara added.
The victim's mother Nakabugo (right) and wife Nakiwunga (left), both distraught, at the cemetry during the exhumation. (Credit: Andrew Musinguzi)
Mutatina's brother Bruce Moses
Local Police said they have started fresh investigations after the relatives showed up to claim the body.
Ojara said they are hopeful they will find the person or people who killed Mutatina.
“Now that the family members of the deceased have appeared, we have begun fresh investigations on the circumstances surrounding the victim’s murder,” he added.
Nakiwunga said her husband left home on December 23 at around 10:00am local time driving a Pajero car and told her that he was travelling to Kagadi to buy a vehicle from businessmen.
“When my husband failed to show up on Christmas, I became suspicious and reported the matter to Mubende Police, who referred me to Kyegegwa Police in western Uganda, where unknown people had reportedly burnt the vehicle of unidentified person,” she narrated.
Kyegegwa Police then told Nakiwunga that Kagadi Police had announced the murder of unidentified person, who had later been buried at Kagadi Hospital Cemetery.
The victim’s younger brother, Bruce Moses, said Mutatina had been dealing in vehicle purchase in Mubende, Kyegegwa and Kampala.
Khadija Nakabugo, Mutatina’s mother, performed a funeral ritual by holding a cock during the exhumation of thebody.
She said her son grew up with good morals. “Although MY son has gone, I have not been having any problem with him. He went missing on Christmas Eve and we were surprised to learn that he had been murdered in Kagadi,” Nakabugo said.
Mutatina’s body was taken by relatives to his ancestral home in Kibowa village, Kasambya sub-county in Mubende.