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Mum recalls last moments with septic tank victim

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th May 2011 03:00 AM

A bereaved mother yesterday narrated the disappearance of her daughter, Brenda Karamuzi, who was allegedly murdered in January last year and her body dumped in a septic tank.

A bereaved mother yesterday narrated the disappearance of her daughter, Brenda Karamuzi, who was allegedly murdered in January last year and her body dumped in a septic tank.

By Adante Okanya

A bereaved mother yesterday narrated the disappearance of her daughter, Brenda Karamuzi, who was allegedly murdered in January last year and her body dumped in a septic tank.

The state alleges that Karamuzi was murdered by Tom Nkurungira, alias Tonku and his shamba boy, Fred Ssempijja, between January 22 and 30, 2010, at Kijjwa zone-Bukasa in the Kampala suburb of Makindye. Her body was discovered in a septic tank of a house which Tonku rented in the area. She was a daughter to Henry and Joy Karamuzi.

Yesterday during the trial at the High Court in Kampala before Justice Albert Rugadya-Atwooki, the deceased’s mother, a businesswoman, told court that on January 20, 2010, prior to her disappearance, Karamuzi visited her at her shop on Luwum Street in Kampala and told her that she was looking for another job.

She said Brenda spent that night at her home in Ndejje, off Entebbe Road. Karamuzi later told her mother that she had to go and prepare for an interview. Joy said that was the last time she heard from her daughter.

“She told me that she was supposed to go and get office wear the next day, January 21. I waited for her on January 21 and 22 and she did not come,” Joy said. In addition, she told court that the deceased lived with a friend, Mercy Mutonyi, in a rented apartment at Najjera, a Kampala suburb.

Joy told court that efforts to contact her daughter were in vain, as her mobile phones were all switched off.

Joy said she then called her husband and son who assumed that Brenda was unavailable because of a telecommunication network failure.

The deceased once worked as the AYA Hotel Public Relations Officer, and also as a receptionist with television station NTV.

Asked how she knew of the death, Joy said the Police called her on January 30, 2010 and informed her of an unidentified body that had been discovered in the septic tank at Tonku’s residence.

She said she instantly identified her daughter at the City Mortuary in Mulago. She said she had never met Tonku.

Mum recalls last moments with septic tank victim

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