Police have said they have initiated a process of acquiring a court order to exhume the body of Frank Senteza, a private bodyguard of National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi.
Senteza died at Lubaga hospital on Sunday after he was allegedly knocked by a military truck at Busega roundabout when Bobi Wine’s convoy was transferring journalist Ashraf Kasirye from Masaka to Kampala for better treatment. Kasirye was injured on the head as security operatives dispersed Bobi Wine supporters in Masaka. Bobi wine said he had been shot while police spokesperson Mr Fred Enanga said he had been hit by a teargas canister.
In tweet, UPDF spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso dismissed reports that Senteza had been knocked by a military truck she said he fell off another car in Bobi wine’s convoy and injured himself.
Senteza was buried in Kalungu district on Monday amid tears and curse.
“We have now started the process of obtaining a court order to exhume the body of the victim for post mortem analysis, to classify the cause of death and the nature of injuries. The initiative is also a great opportunity for our task teams of investigators to make sure all the different parts of the investigations are completed,” Enanga said in a statement.
Enanga said their investigations had suffered a setback after Senteza was buried at the ancestral home along Villa road, in Kalungu District, without being examined on post mortem.
Senteza’s body was on Sunday released with post mortem forms by Rubaga Hospital to close relatives and NUP members for them to transfer the body to Mulago City Mortuary for postmortem analysis.
“Unfortunately, they diverted the Ambulance and the body of the victim to the NUP offices in Kamwokya, where a vigil was held. The body was thereafter, transferred to the deceased’s ancestral home in Kalungu Villa Road, for burial. Several engagements with the family including Major General Elly Kayanja, granted permission for a post mortem examination to be carried out in Masaka. Our team of pathologists flew by chopper to Masaka to conduct a joint postmortem analysis with family doctors, to help classify the cause of death and the nature of injuries,” Enanga added.
He said despite clearance from the family, several NUP supporters who were aggressive blocked police efforts to have the body of the deceased examined by a joint team of medical experts.
“They proceeded to bury the victim, without postmortem examination. We are disturbed by the conduct of these supporters in blocking the postmortem examination,” he added.