IGP orders police detective accused of spying on Bobi Wine to probe death of People Power Activist

BY: Eyalama In News On
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The Inspector-General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has ordered Traffic police to conduct separate investigations into the accident that claimed the life of Ritah Nabukenya, a member of the People Power political pressure group.

Nabukenya succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident in Nakawa last Monday. Initial information indicates that Nabukenya was rushing to join her colleagues at Buganda Road court where the People Power leader and Kyandondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was appearing.

On the same day, Bobi Wine was expected to travel to Pope Paul Memorial Hotel Ndeeba for a consultative meeting on his presidential ambitions. However, the 28-year-old mother of two was knocked while travelling on a boda boda.

Although eyewitnesses said that Nabukenya was intentionally knocked by a police patrol car, police spokesperson Fred Enanga dismissed the claims saying that the police only played the role of good samaritan and rushed Nabukenya to Mulago National Referral hospital following a collision between the motorcycle she was moving on and another from the opposite direction.

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Police promised to release footage to rule out allegations that Nabukenya had been maliciously knocked by police officers who are supposed to protect her life. However, Enanga made a u-turn saying the Closed Circuit Television –CCTV cameras close to the scene where Nabukenya was knocked were off at the time of the accident.

His statement caused public uproar with people accusing police of holding onto the CCTV footage to cover up for its men. Kyagulanyi like many others declined to believe the police explanation regarding Nabukenya’s death describing it as diversionary and a cover-up.

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“The grief is unspeakable! Comrade Ritah Nabukenya should not have died in this manner. A young woman, murdered in the most painful way. At such times, the police always come up with ridiculous statements to try and cover up their crimes against humanity. But the truth remains the same- they are murdering our people in cold blood,” Kyagulanyi said in a statement on his social media account.

Now, Enanga says the IGP has directed the Traffic police Investigation unit under the command of Assistant Superintendent of Police Pamela Kentaro to conduct a comprehensive probe and ensure the public is informed of whatever transpired on the fateful day.

Enanga attributes the police failure to produce the CCTV footage to ongoing construction of Nakawa-Ntinda road.

In september 2018, ASP Kentaro on a Thursday morning appeared in a picture that made rounds on social media standing near Bobi Wine at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, as the MP returned home from United States where he had travelled for specialised treatment following his violent arrest in Arua on August 13 in which he has continuously accused soldiers of the presidential guard under the Special Forces Command (SFC) of torturing him while in military detention.

Upon seeing the photo, several Ugandans took to social media and claimed that Kentaro had been planted by the Director of Police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), to intensify surveillance around the MP’s plans and meetings abroad.

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and ASP Kentaro Pamela aboard Kenya Airways plane as it set off for Entebbe at Jomo Kenyatta Airport September 20 (FILE PHOTO)

Others alleged that ASP Kentaro was also spotted in a town hall meeting in Washington DC on Saturday 15 2018, at the Greenbelt Library 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770 where Bobi Wine held a brief conversation with Ugandans living in the US.

However, ASP Kentaro in a social media post refuted the allegations also maintaining that she met the MP who is also a long time friend by coincidence at the cafeteria, in Nairobi Kenya as she travelled from Mombasa.

“It’s quite absurd that a lot of negativity is being spread about me having been planted as a spy on Hon Kyagulanyi,” Kentaro wrote adding that “Bobi [Wine] and I have been friends from way back and he knows that I am a police officer.”

“On Thursday I met him at JKIA [Jomo Kenyatta International Airport], Kanteero narrated, “I was from travelling from Mombasa and him from America.”

Kentaro further denied claims that she travelled to the US to spy on the legislator as alleged by social media whistleblowers.

“He was the first to see me at the cafeteria and asked me to join him at the table with his brother called Dax. We chatted for close to two hours while waiting for our flight to Entebbe.”

On the plane, he [Bobi Wine] sat next to Hon Winnie Kizza [former leader of opposition] and he asked that I sit across on the other side of the aisle near him.”

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