Mystery over missing MP’s wife deepens

KAMPALA- The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Buyaga County MP Barnabas Tinkasiimire’s wife continues to deepen after the legislator denied knowledge of her whereabouts.

Ms Lynn Mbabazi reportedly went missing last Friday after she left her parent’s home in Makindye, a Kampala suburb but none of her family members knew where she was headed.
“She left home like she was going to return soon. She spoke to daddy last,” a family member, who did not want to be named, told Daily Monitor yesterday.

After waiting for in vain, her family on Wednesday reported to Katwe Police Station.

This newspaper has also learnt that a day before she disappeared, Ms Mbabazi, whose marriage to Mr Tinkasiimire was reportedly strained, had reported to police that the MP was threatening her with violence.

Mr Tinkasiimire’s phone was off yesterday but on his Twitter handle, he told Daily Monitor he had not talked to Ms Mbabazi in eight months.
“I have not called her for the last eight months nor talked to her. How did I threaten her?” he tweeted. “I have no interest in Ms Mbabazi anymore, why would I bother calling her?” he added.

Search still on
Bugangaizi East MP Lillian Bakeine, who is also the mother of Ms Mbabazi, yesterday said the search for her 28-year-old daughter is still on.

“We haven’t found her. Police have tried their level best but nothing good has come out yet,” she said.

She said her daughter had moved back to their home after breaking up with Mr Tinkasiimire about a year ago. Asked whether her fellow legislator had spoken to her since Ms Mbabazi went missing, she said: “I have not heard from Tinkasiimire. Nothing.”

Ms Bakeine, however, said she had informed the Speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, about the incident.

Deputy police spokesperson, Ms Polly Namaye, said they were still following vital clues.

“We are trying to get people who were last seen with her last Friday. We need to know whether she is alive or dead,” she said. The case has since been transferred from Katwe Police Station to Kampala Metropolitan Police headquarters, Mr Patrick Onyango, the area spokesman confirmed this. Two years ago, Mr Tinkasiimire’s first wife, Agnes Tinkasiimire, was burnt in her house in Mukono District at night.

She later died of first degree burns at Mulago National Referral Hospital. Whereas the police thought arsonists were behind the attack, no one has been charged since.

Some key events

Ms Mbabazi had left Mr Tinkasiimire’s home after almost a year in a marriage that was hurriedly organised after his first wife Agnes Ageno’s house in Mukono District was set ablaze. Ageno later died from fire burns. According to family members, Ms Mbabazi left her husband’s home about eight months ago. On Friday she left her parents home in Makindye but has since not returned. Ms Mbabazi had earlier reported to police her husband who allegedly was threatening her with violence.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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