JINJA, UGANDA: Kiira regional police command have arrested five people suspected to have involved in the gruesome murder of a trailer driver before making off with 620 bags of cement in Jinja.
Ssemanda Tadeo, 24, was killed and his lifeless body was abandoned in his trailer cabin in Wairaka trading center, Kakira town council in Jinja district along the Jinja-Iganga highway.
His body was found with a sealed mouth, tied with ropes, and wrapped with bedsheets. The cement truck was destined for SK Sneh Uganda limited in Lubaga division, Kampala city from Tororo cement factory.
The assailants were reported to have fled with 620 bags of cement and only abandoned the trailer.
However, Kiira regional police in partnership with Busoga East Police have confirmed recovering 464 bags of cement out of the 620 bags which were stolen after killing the trailer driver.
“We have managed to recover 464 bags of cement out of the 620 bags which were stolen from a trailer which was from Tororo cement factory heading to Lubaga division in Kampala. The trailer was found at Wairaka along Iganga-Jinja highway with a body of Tadeo Ssemanda , who was it’s driver,” says Kiira regional police spokesperson ASP James Mubi.
The 464 bags of cement were found in two different places of Bukoona village, Nakalama sub county and Nabukone village, Nambaale sub county both found in Iganga district.
Mubi says that police have managed to arrest five suspects in connection to the gruesome murder of Ssemanda and theft of cement. Police have also requested the general public to help them with the investigations by reporting any related information regarding the murder and theft of cement, to the nearest police station.
“We have arrested five suspects and we want to call upon our people in Busoga that if you have any information related to the matter and can help us in our investigations into the murder of Ssemanda and recovering the remaining 156 bags of cement, please report to any nearest police since we’re all responsible in fighting crime,” ASP Mubi added.
Police have since concealed details of the suspects citing that, making it public may jeopardize investigations since they are targeting the whole criminal gang which was involved.