Locals Warn Police on Exhuming Body of Killed Bobi Wine Bodyguard

Frank Ssenteza was only 25 years old. He was described as a humble and quiet person by colleagues.

Residents of Kilowooza village in Masaka City have warned Uganda police force not to attempt to exhume the body of killed bodyguard of presidential candidate Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.

Frank Ssenteza was allegedly knocked dead by a Pick Up vehicle of Uganda Peoples Defence Force –UPDF on Sunday afternoon when Kyagulanyi and his crew members were rushing shot at Ghetto TV journalist Ashraf Kasirye to hospital.

Kasirye is the journalist who often moves with Kyagulanyi in his vehicle reporting live on brutality unleashed to him and other members of National Unity Platform –NUP during presidential campaigns.

Kyagulanyi insists Ssenteza who was laid to rest on Monday was knocked down by soldiers’ vehicle with registration H4DF 2382 at Busega as he cleared the way for the ambulance and other National Unity Platform –NUP vehicles to pass.

Hours after Ssenteza was laid to rest, Uganda police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, issued a statement claiming the force was denied access to the deceased’s body in order to conduct a postmortem.

Enanga said police had started a court process with an intention of securing an order to exhume Ssenteza’s body for examination. This, Enanga, said is intended to ascertain the exact cause of death for Ssenteza who was only 25 years old.

Police claims the body of the victim was released with post mortem forms, by Rubaga Hospital to close relatives and NUP members for them to transfer the body to Mulago City Mortuary for postmortem analysis. Enanga alleges that NUP members diverted the Ambulance and the body of the victim to the NUP offices in Kamwokya, where a vigil was held.

“Several engagements with the family including Major General Elly Kayanja, granted permission for a post mortem examination to be carried out in Masaka. Our team of pathologists flew by chopper to Masaka to conduct a joint postmortem analysis with family doctors, to help classify the cause of death and the nature of injuries,” Enanga said.

Police added that despite clearance from the family, several NUP supporters who were aggressive blocked police efforts to have the body of the deceased examined by a joint team of medical experts. “They proceeded to bury the victim, without postmortem examination. We are disturbed by the conduct of these supporters in blocking the postmortem examination.”

Police adds: “We have now started the process of obtaining a court order to exhume the body of the victim for post mortem analysis, to classify the cause of death and the nature of injuries. The initiative is also a great opportunity for our task teams of investigators to make sure all the different parts of the investigations are completed.”

However, the parents and locals have since threatened to do whatever is within their means to ensure Ssenteza’s grave is not tampered with. Public now waits to see how the accusations and counter-accusations will end.