KAMPALA: CID spokesperson Charles Twine said they cited mismanagement of the case by Bugiri Police Station.
The Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) at Kibuli, Kampala, has ordered fresh investigations into the killing of an ABSA bank official.
Robert Muzale, a marketing officer with the bank in Bugiri District, was allegedly killed by a mob in Kimombasa Zone, Bugiri District, on August 2.
A murder case was reported at Bugiri Police Station.
A key suspect, Wafula Deogracious, was, however, released on a police bond following his arrest.
Sources at Bugiri Police Station who are familiar with the investigations say video clips captured at the scene were used to arrest Mr Wafula.
“The suspect, Deogracious and others, were seen in a video clip holding big sticks and beating the deceased. He sustained injuries that caused his death a few hours after the beating,” one source said.
The source was astonished that a suspect of a capital offence was released on police bond while investigations are still ongoing. He added that the circumstances under which the mob descended on Muzale were not clear.
Mr Fredrick Muzaale, a brother to the deceased, told Daily Monitor that they feel aggrieved over Mr Wafula’s police bond.
“The Police at Bugiri Police Station did not give us justice and that’s why we wrote to the Criminal Investigations Directorate to help us investigate the matter,” he said.
Mr Mwiru Saul, a resident of Bugiri and a former LC5 contestant on Forum for Democratic Change ticket, said the deceased was his friend and they have been playing football together for Bugiri Corporate League.
“At first, he was operating a depot of beer and soda, later, he got a job with ABSA bank and we started missing him in our trainings,” Mr Mwiru said, adding: “I was surprised when they called me during daytime that Robert was killed by a mob claiming that he was a motorcycle thief.”
The CID spokesperson, Mr Charles Twine, said: “We received a complaint from the family of deceased. They cited mismanagement of the case by Bugiri Police Station, but the CID headquarters have taken over the investigation and the family will be briefed on the progress.”