What you need to know about the murdered IHK doctor Catherine Agaba

Tuesday April 23 2019

Missing. Dr Catherine Agaba. Courtesy photo

Missing. Dr Catherine Agaba. Courtesy photo 


The nine day’s search for Catherine Agaba, a medical doctor at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) ended on Easter Monday after her body was retrieved from a septic tank behind her rented apartment in Muyenga, a posh Kampala city suburb. 

Dr Agaba’s death was unearthed after the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence CMI and Police arrested one Ronald Ken Obongo, a security guard who was deployed at her apartment.  

Mr Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, said Obongo who varnished shortly after Agaba’s disappearance confessed killing her and even disclosed where he had dumped her body.

“We picked him from Apac District [northern Uganda]. This was after he had run away. We picked interest on why he had run away. He confessed to the murder and led us to a septic tank where he had dumped the body,” Mr Onyango said.   

Dr Agaba’s decomposing body covered by human waste was positively identified by her siblings and friends.

Obongo is in custody at Kabalagala Police Station together with a US-based Ugandan Doctor, Andrew Ntambi who had earlier on been arrested in connection to Agaba’s disappearance.


Obongo, according to police, confessed to have killed Dr Agaba for threatening his job by reporting him to his boss for not poor performance.

About Dr Cathy Agaba

She is the daughter of Fred Rutagumba and the late Justine Rutagumba, residents of Kagonji village in Kashari, Mbarara District.

She went to Kitante Infants’ School in Kampala, St Helen Primary School in Nyamitanga, Mbarara where she completed her primary education. 

She then joined Mary Hill Secondary in Nyamitanga for her Ordinary level and proceeded to Gayaza High School in Kampala for advanced level.

She later joined Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) where she studied medicine and surgery.

Her sister Immaculate Rutagumba said the 27-year- old medic went for her medical internship at St Francis Nsambya Hospital before she was employed by International Hospital Kampala (IHK) two years ago.

According to Rutagumba, Agaba didn’t have children. She will be laid to rest at Kagonji village in Kashari, Mbarara District in western Uganda this week.