Police in Kampala are holding seven suspects in connection with murder and aggravated robbery.
They are accused of killing and robbing Muhammad Kasozi, a resident of Kitezi in Kasangati Town Council, Wakiso District, on May 10.
Kasozi was reportedly lured from his workplace in Mpererwe-Kalerwe in Kampala to Kasubi to sell maize in Luweero District, located about 65kms away.
Investigations indicate that when he reached Luweero, one of the suspects, who had hired him from Kalerwe drove him off the road to an isolated bushy place where they met other people.
The suspect told Kasozi that they were the maize loaders.
However, Kasozi became suspicious and got out of the vehicle to see whether the truck could turn at the spot since there was no road.
“As soon as the driver (Kasozi) came out of the vehicle, the suspects grabbed him and strangled him,” Mr Charles Twine, the CID spokesperson, said yesterday.
He said Kasozi’s body was identified by a resident who found a paper in the deceased’s pocket which had a contact of his wife.
When the wife arrived in Luweero, she confirmed it was her husband’s body. She called police who took the body to Mulago hospital for a post-mortem.
“The deceased had a national identity card and notebook that contained some numbers. It is where police began to do the investigation,” Mr Twine said.
He said the deceased’s vehicle was driven to DR Congo where it was sold at $1,620 (about Shs6m). The money was shared by the seven suspects.
Mr Twine said the seven suspects have been linked to other robberies, including one in Kalerwe where a vehicle was stolen and also sold in DR Congo.
“We appeal to the truck drivers to always register their customers, especially in the wee hours such that their bio data is always kept for future use,” Mr Twine said.
The suspects are detained at Kampala Central Police Station pending appearance in court.