I Did Not Expect My Wife to Be in Kampala – Husband of murdered woman

  • by Steven Mwesigye
  • September 7, 2019

Mark Rugyenza, the husband of the late Marina Tumukunde Kamukazi did not expect his wife in Kampala.

Rugyenza tells New Vision newspaper that he travelled with the wife from Kampala to Mbarara on Tuesday.

“I then travelled back to Kampala on Wednesday leaving her at home in Mbarara. But I am now getting to learn that as soon as I left, she teamed up with friends and travelled to Kampala without my knowledge,” Rugyenza, the owner of Desert-bar in Mbarara and Gabiro Lounge in Bugolobi reportedly said.

He explained that he was called on Thursday night and informed that his wife had been shot dead in Kampala. “I quickly called a friend in Mbarara to go and check at home and see whether she was actually there. The friend later called and informed me that she didn’t spend the night at home.

Tumukunde was gunned down together with Joshua Rushegyera Nteireho at Nambigirwa Bridge in Kajjansi town council along Entebbe-Kampala expressway, as they headed towards Entebbe. Security investigations so far reveal that the duo were shot by somebody who was travelling with them in the same car.

Tumukunde was seated behind the co-driver and had a bullet on the head and nothing to show it came from outside the car. The vehicle was well parked and nothing to show it skidded from the road.

A police officer, Davis Taremwa, has since been arrested. The Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says: “On friendly terms, Nteireho requested Taremwa who was on guard duties, at Hidden Treasure, Hotel Entebbe, to escort him to Millennium Hotel in Zzana, where he had an arranged business transaction.

The officer withdrew from his beat and the three drove together to the hotel.  The circumstances surrounding their movement from Millennium Hotel up to the stage where the shooting occurred at Nambigirwa Bridge, Mpala is still unclear.  It is what the task team of investigators and forensic experts are working to determine.”

Enanga says that the circumstances surrounding their movement from Millennium Hotel to Nambigirwa Bridge was a puzzle police was trying to reconstruct the movements to find out what exactly happened. Police recovered three spent cartridges and 27 bullets. They had also recovered the killer gun that belonged to Taremwa and phones of the deceased.

“Our officer indicates that when they reached Millennium, Nteireho asked him to go and call Ssubi from inside the hotel so that they could finalize their transaction. But that when he came out, he found Nteireho had driven off together with his gun inside,” Enanga said. He noted that the Policeman’s statement appeared evasive and they were investigating further.

Sunday Vision also reports that Merina was born in Kitokye cell-Mabira parish, Rwanyamahembe Sub County, Koshaari County Mbarara district. She is the daughter of James Rwabushagara.