Coggon’s body to be flown to UK
Posted Tuesday, March 19 2013 at 02:00
Family goes against slain 4-Turkeys Bar boss’s wish to cremate his body as seven people suspected to be behind his murder are to be taken to court.
Although slain 4-Turkeys Bar boss Derrick Coggon had wished that his body be cremated in Uganda, his family members and close friends, with the help of the British High Commission in Uganda, have decided to take the body to London for burial.
A political affairs officer at the Commission said they are working with Coggon’s family to have the body flown back to UK where it will be buried.
“Ferrying a body involves many things that we are still working on to have him flown back to UK this week,” Mr Chris Ward said in an interview yesterday.
Sources at the Special Investigations Unit who are handling the case, disclosed that two prominent city lawyers were yesterday summoned to the Unit’s headquarters for interrogation over the death of the British national.
“Derek Coggon’s wife had alleged that he had left land titles for a piece of prime land on the lakeshore with his lawyers who were representing him in court, and it could have been the lawyers who killed him so as to take over the title worth billions of shillings,” the source said.
Entebbe Police crime investigations officer Joseph Senatmu Bital yesterday said they forwarded all the seven suspects’ file to the Director Public Prosecution for further action.
“We are waiting for him [the DPP] to sanction the files and take all the seven suspects to court,” the source added.
Coggon, who was shot dead last week, was a well-known Entebbe socialite, who had retired as a UN peacekeeper and decided to live the rest of his life in Uganda.
His bullet-proof car was reportedly shot at as he entered his gate and when he came out to investigate, he was shot in the neck and died shortly after reaching hospital.
He is survived by two children from different mothers; one a Philippine national and another, a Finnish. He, however, had no child with his Congolese wife.