By Conan Businge
FORMER minister Richard Kaijukaâ€™s son died of poisoning by an agricultural pesticide, tests have revealed.
The tests were carried out in South Africaâ€™s government forensic chemistry laboratories, according to a family statement released on Thursday. â€œIt has been confirmed that the cause of death was poisoning by a deadly agricultural chemical called Aldicarb a Carbamate,â€ the statement read. Aldicarb is a highly poisonous pesticide that can kill within one hour of being swallowed.
â€œThe alcohol content in the deceasedâ€™s body was 0.00%. The poison was ingested (swallowed) and caused bleeding in his gut,â€ added the statement.
Mugabe, 28, died under mysterious circumstances in April this year after partying with friends. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Kololo hospital, where he was rushed after he collapsed at a friendâ€™s home in Mutungo, a Kampala suburb.
Three people, two men and a woman, were arrested and detained at Kira road Police station, as the Police investigated the circumstances under which Mugabe died. But the family said investigations were still underway, to understand how Mugabe ingested the poison. â€œThis is a serious matter of public safety that our society must address,â€ read the statement. â€œWe would like to extend our gratitude to the Ugandan police and Interpol for all the efforts they have made.â€
Mugabe was the last born in a family of five.
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