Katende's Murder: Prime Suspect at Large

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The children then put Katendes body in a sack, bundled it on their double cabin truck and forced the 17- year- old who was still in shock to drive up to Lutete in Kasangati. The family agreed that whoever asked about Katende they should say they left him in Masulita trading center.

Police are hunting for 19-year-old Lillian Najuma in connection to the death of her father, Abel Katende,a former Accountant with Daily Monitor. Najuma is said to have hit the deceased with the holder of a hoe on the head and left him to bleed to death.

 

She is implicated in a confession statement made by her 17-year-old brother whose names have been withheld by URN. The teenager reportedly helped Najuma to transport their father's body. In his confession, the teenager explains that on April 27th, 2018, he together with Najuma, Barbara and their mother went to Masuulita to visit their father, pick some food from the garden and drive back to Kasangati.
 
 
Katende relocated to Masulita in 2016 after his wife and children chased him from their family home in Lutete in Kasangati in Wakiso district. According to the teenager, when they arrived in Masulita they cooked and ate together. He explains that when it was time to leave, he went out with his father to park things from the garden into the car.
 

"After a few minutes, Najuma called Daddy back into the house that she wanted to tell him something and once he entered, she hit him on the head with the wooden part of the hoe, which she was holding," reads Kaaya's statement in part. Adding that, "I ran into the house and daddy was lying in a pool of blood."
 
 
The children then put Katende's body in a sack, bundled it on their double cabin truck and forced the 17- year- old who was still in shock to drive up to Lutete in Kasangati. The family agreed that whoever asked about Katende they should say they left him in Masulita trading center.
 
 
Namugenyi called in someone in the wee hours of the next day, who helped them to widen the hole of their pit latrine where they pushed the deceased's body. The man was called back the next day and given money to buy three kilograms of cement, which he used to construct a slab on the pit latrine.
 
 
On Tuesday this week, Namugenyi also decided to cooperate with police and gave her confession statement. Namugenyi told police detectives that contrary to what people were saying there was no land feud between her and Katende. 



She says that the only problem she had with the deceased was that he was causing her children bad omen, something that she told her children and they decided to get rid of him. Namugenyi's daughters were experiencing some challenges in their relationship when Katende was killed. 



22-year-old Barbara had just broken up with her boyfriend while Najuma had also just been dropped by her boyfriend from the US. According to Namugenyi, she visited a witchdoctor who told her daughter's problems stem from ex-husband who had bad omen. 



Herbert Muhangi, who has been the commandant of Flying Squad confirmed that they had gotten confession statements and that they were searching for the prime suspect in the murder.
 

"The investigations are almost over. Right now we are trailing Najuma and she will soon be in custody," Muhangi said before his transfer message was released. Police is currently holding Katende's estranged wife, Janet Namugenyi, her daughter, Barbara Nalukalu and brother at Kampala Central Police station on tentative charges of murder.

 

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Dear Jeanne
Dear Jeanne is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Jeanne has been a URN staff member since 2014.

Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

Jeanne is ambitious to improve her investigative reporting skills. Jeanne’s focus for much of her five year career has been to report on crime and security.