KYOTERA. The Bishop Emeritus of Masaka Diocese, Rt. Rev. John Baptist Kaggwa, has called for private investigations into the death of Brother Norbert Emmanuel Mugarura.
Brother Mugarura, 46, was the Superior General of Brothers of St Charles Lwanga, commonly known, as Bannakarooli Brothers of Kiteredde in Kyotera District.
He was murdered in cold blood last week inside a room rented by Robert Asiimwe. Although there were reports that Asiimwe is a student of Kyambogo University, the university says that while he had paid tuition fees, he had neither registered nor attended any lectures and is therefore not their student.
Asiimwe was arrested after the driver of a vehicle he had hired to reportedly collect garbage, from his home at Banda, became suspicious of the package that he was directed to take to a dumping site.
The driver tipped police who established that the alleged garbage was a corpse, wrapped in tarpaulin.
Speaking during a requiem mass at Kiteredde on Monday, Bishop Kaggwa said the circumstances under which Brother Mugarura died, leave many unanswered questions and as the church, they have to carry out their own investigations.
“The rate at which people are murdered in this country is so worrying; the killing of the superior general is a big blow to this community, and we cannot leave Police and other security organs to do it alone. We need to constitute a committee to dig deeper into this matter,” he said.
Bishop Kaggwa further urged people to live in harmony with one another and avoid acts of murder, fraud and treachery.
“Without us having forgiving hearts, we shall continue to see such bad acts even if the police and army are deployed everywhere. Let us have forgiving hearts within us so that these criminal incidents can cease to happen,” the prelate said.
The Bishop took a swipe at some priests and brothers who don’t follow the set rules of their institutions.
“Up to now, I am wondering what our late Superior General had gone do at Christ the King Church in Kampala without the knowledge of his colleagues. Why did he have to use a boda-boda, leaving his car parked at Rubaga? Why didn’t he sleep in Rubaga or Ggaba?” the Bishop wondered.
After Brother Mugarura’s burial ceremony, Bishop Kaggwa held a closed-door meeting with catholic priests which lasted for several hours. It was during this meeting that the Bishop expected to get firsthand information from the brothers who last spoke to the deceased.
According to Brother Charles Dominic Kagoye, it was after leaving Christ the King Church that the deceased’s telephone reportedly went off after Brother Simon Peter Nalintya received text messages indicating that he was busy.
There are also unconfirmed reports that the key suspect, Robert Asiimwe who reportedly attempted to pick the deceased’s car from Uganda Catholic Social Training Centre, Rubaga, could have wanted to use it to transport the body with the intention of faking an accident.
Asiimwe, along with 35 other students have been studying on sponsorship under the Bannakarooli Brothers.
Brother Kagoye says all the sponsored students are known by the Bannakalooli Brothers and that the sponsorship was not done by Brother Mugarura as an individual. He adds that Brother Mugarura is the first superior general among the Bannakarooli Brothers to die while still serving.