Police investigations into the killing of a female Makerere University student in Kikoni, Kawempe Division in Kampala, have not yet yielded positive results as the man detectives are holding showed limited contact with the victim.
Peninah Kobusingye’s body was abandoned by her attackers in the bush after she was allegedly sexually abused. She was a second year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in bio-chemistry at Makerere University.
Detectives told the Daily Monitor that they are now focusing on telephone contacts to establish the person she was seen with during an outing before her death.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi also said the man they have “could not be the prime suspect”, but they are still holding him until thorough investigations have been carried out. “His arrest was a result of a sniffer dog tracking...the killers could have passed by the hostel after the incident. We hope that the new clues we have got will help us know the killers,” Mr Ssenkumbi said at the weekend.
A post-mortem was carried out on Kobusingye’s body before being handed over to the relatives.
Police forensic experts collected samples of evidence they suspect to be of the killers at the scene and on Kobusingye’s body. It is the evidence they are using to determine whether the suspect was present at the scene at the fateful day.
Mr Ssenkumbi said their investigations show that before Kobusingye disappeared, she was seen hanging out with a group of male youths. “So we are making a phone print out to establish her movements and the people she contacted before her death,” he said.
The killing came days after police carried out self-defence trainings to enable female students fight off attackers.