Gruesome murder of boda boda rider captured by CCTV camera

A video grab of CCTV footage captured at Kakeeka Zone, Rubaga Division, in the Kampala District, showing the two suspected robbers making away with Derrick Mulindwa's motorcycle after killing him on June 29, 2019. COURTESY PHOTO

Police are investigating a gruesome murder of a boda boda rider, by two male robbers, who posing as clients, attacked, strangled and hit him with a stone to the head, killing him instantly, Mr Fred Enanga, the spokesman of the force has said.

The attackers stole his motorcycle.

The incident, which occurred on Saturday at about 4 am, at Kakeeka Zone, Rubaga Division, Kampala District, was captured on the CCTV cameras of a nearby nursery and primary school.

Mr Enanga said in a statement that the CCTV camera footage was retrieved by the police and widely circulated for the public to help in the identification of the two suspects.

The victim and the robbers captured on the CCTV camera at the scene before he was murdered and his boda boda taken

He said the body of the boda boda rider was taken to the city mortuary for a post-mortem.

“At the moment, our cyber forensic experts are analysing the CCTV footage for facial recognition and formal identification of the suspects, as well as the registration number plates of the stolen motorcycle,” Mr Enanga said.  “We are also engaging managers of all boda boda stages, whose members could have disappeared or anyone that might have knowledge about a missing rider or the two male suspects, to contact police.”

Mr Enanga said additional teams from the Homicide and Flying Squad departments have been dispatched to Old Kampala Police Divisional Headquarters, to assist in identifying the suspects and tracking them down for arrest.

One of the robbers strangles the boda boda rider as his accomplice tries to pull away the motorcycle

“We want to use this opportunity to remind all boda boda riders, of continued threats against them, of robbers posing as potential clients. We urge them to avoid late night transactions, avoid carrying more than one passenger and to share trip details with colleagues,” he said.

One of the robbers holding the subdued Mulindwa (L) as his accomplice (R) runs to pick a blunt object that he used to hit his head several times