Police are investigating a case in which a special hire driver was strangled and stabbed to death before his body was bundled in the trunk of his vehicle at Seeta Township.
Christopher Batte, a resident of Nyenje, was on Wednesday hired by three people (two men and a woman) who asked to be transported to Bajjo village between 3pm and 6pm.
Upon reaching Bajjo, the three passengers are said to have strangled and stabbed the 58-year-old driver five times on the head and three times on the right hand.
“They then bundled him in the trunk of his vehicle registration number UAY 765H Toyota Premio white in colour,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Luke Owoyegyire.
However, as the assailants sped away with the vehicle, it got stuck prompting them to seek help from other people around to push it back on the road.
“The people saw blood seeping from the car trunk and asked them what they were carrying but the suspects didn't give clear answers. On opening the car trunk, the body was discovered and immediately a mob attacked the suspects injuring one while two escaped in the confusion (a man and a woman),” Mr Owoyesigyire added.
One male suspect was rescued by police and rushed to CPR, a medical Centre in Mukono town for treatment pending interrogation.
Police said they recovered a knife and rope in the vehicle before Batte’s body was taken to Mulago hospital mortuary in Kampala for postmortem as investigations continue.
The incident comes barely two months after another Uber taxi hire driver was killed in the neighboring Kayunga District in July this year.
Mathias Yiga, a resident of Najjanankumbi, a Kampala City suburb, had been operating as an Uber taxi hire driver at the Ndeeba Stage in Kampala.
The 38-year-old driver was gruesomely killed and his body dumped on the road side in Bbaale in Kayunga District on July 24.
Mr John Lukooto, the district police commander, said three men, with one allegedly known to Yiga, approached him at the stage and requested to go to Kayunga to buy a piece of land.
“However, when they transcended Gayaza Trading Centre, one of the suspects asked Yiga to help him drive the car. The suspect then started driving towards Kayunga,” Mr Lukooto said one of the suspects told the police detectives.