Nice Twikirize Mbabazi is being held by homicide detectives because of the death of her boyfriend, Justus Rugyengye, who used to live in Mbalwa, Namugongo Division, Kira Municipality, Wakiso district.
Rugyengye died in mysterious circumstances on Thursday, prompting his wife Charlotte Rugyengye to file a complaint with the Bweyogerere police station.Charlotte filed the case when she found out that her husband had died and that his body was in the morgue at the Gwatiro hospital, Bweyogerere Division, even though she had left him at home in perfect health.
She informed the police that she left Rugyengye at their matrimonial home in Mbalwa in the morning in perfect health and went to Kajjansi, where she serves as a Resident State Attorney. She explained that at around 3 p.m., she decided to call her husband as she normally did, but this time he did not pick up his calls.
“At around 4 pm, I received a call from one of my in-laws asking where I was and the time I would get back home. I asked why it was important to know where I was and the time I was going to get back home. I asked whether there was a problem, and my in-laws told me my husband had died. Charlotte informed the police,” he said, adding that he had received the information from a medic at Gwatiro hospital.
According to Charlotte, she rushed to Gwatiro Hospital, where she indeed saw her husband’s body in the morgue. She asked how her husband got to the hospital, and the doctors told her that the dead man was brought there by a woman named Nice Twikirize Mbabazi and another woman named Eria Serunkuma.
Armed with the names of the people who took her dead husband to Gwatiro hospital, Charlotte opened a case at Bweyogerere police station. Detectives who look into murders went to the hospital and watched footage from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras there.
“When we got the details of the people who took this man to Gwatiro hospital, we looked for them to help in investigations.” We arrested Mbabazi and Serunkuma. “However, Mbabazi has told us that the deceased was also her partner, and their seven-year relationship yielded a baby who is now 9 months old,” a detective said.
The police, which had already opened a Death Enquiry File (DEF 005/2022), decided to make Mbabazi and Serunkuma record statements. Mbabazi said Rugyengye suffered an attack and collapsed in their sitting room. She added that Serunkuma is a special hire driver whom she called to help her rush the deceased to the hospital, but they were informed that he had already died.
“I can’t kill the father of my nine-month-old baby.” I left him playing with the baby in the sitting room, and I rushed to the kitchen to prepare him lunch like I often did. He used to come for lunch at my house. But when I returned from the kitchen, I noticed the baby was not being attended to, and I saw him lying on the floor. “The special hire I requested was delayed by about 30 minutes,” Mbabazi explained.
Rugyengye reportedly owned rentals and retail shops in Namugongo and Bweyogerere. Patrick Onyango, a spokesman for the Kampala Metropolitan Police, said that they are waiting for the results of an autopsy to find out exactly what killed Rugyengye.
“We opened a DEF as we wait for the post-mortem.” But we arrested Mbabazi and Serunkuma to help in our investigations. “The next step of action will depend on the post-mortem outcome,” Onyango said. Detectives have since found out that both the dead man’s home and Mbabazi’s home were in Mbalwa.
There is suspicion that Charlotte never learned that Mbabazi lives a stone’s throw from her home. The maid who allegedly assisted in putting Rugyengye in vehicle registration number UBH 765S, which took him to Gwatiro Hospital, has also recorded a statement.