Police have recovered the body of International Hospital Kampala (IHK) doctor who has been missing for days.
Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango said on Monday that Dr Catherine Agaba’s body was recovered in a septic tank at her home in Muyenga, a Kampala suburb.
Mr Onyango said that a guard, who was arrested last night led police detectives to where her body was dumped.
“After arresting the askari in Apac District in northern Uganda, he confessed and said he had participated in her murder and led us to Muyenga where he had dumped the body in a septic tank,” said Mr Onyango.
The area LCI chairperson identified the suspect as Ronald Obonga, a 24-year-old guard. He said the house belongs to Kooki chiefdom Prime minister Chiefdom Prime Minister Hajji Ahmed Kiwanuka.
Local authorities said Obonga killed Dr Agaba in attempt to protect his job. The doctor had reportedly accused the guard of not doing a good job.
“We found her subwoofer, phone and other items in his possession,” the area LCI chairperson said.
Dr Agaba disappeared on April 13, 2019 after she reportedly asked for annual leave from her workstation- IHK. Since then, she had not been sighted anywhere. Several distress messages were circulated on the social media to trace her but yielded nothing until the police traced the suspect..
Police had earlier arrested several suspects in the murder. One of those is a Uganda doctor based in the US. The doctor who has not been named reportedly worked at Nsambya hospital in Uganda before going to the US.
On Friday, the management of IHK said they last had contact with Dr Catherine Agaba on April 9 when she applied for her annual leave.
“Our last contact with her was on Tuesday April 9 when she applied for annual leave. We appeal to anyone who has any useful information regarding her disappearance or whereabouts to report to the IHK Human Resource Office or nearest police station. We continue to stand with and pray for her and her family during this trying moment...” the IHK statement read. The family also put out a social media post informing the public about their missing relative.
Police say they are doing further investigations on the case. The body has been taken to hospital for postmortem.