The Homicide Department, in close coordination with CMI and the Flying Squad, have made a major breakthrough in investigations surrounding the murder of Aguma Robert Kifunga, a renowned Lawyer and NRM District Registrar in Bundibugyo district. The task team tracked down the Prime suspect, identified as Bwambale Sunday Swaib, a herbalist who was also a best friend to the deceased. He was arrested from his home in Rugendabara Town Council, in Kasese District.
The facts gathered so far indicate, that on the 25.03.2022, the deceased was escorted to Centenary Bank, Fortportal Branch, by the suspect Bwambale Sunday Swaib, in motor vehicle registration number, UBL 885F. At around midday, the two entered into the car, after the victim withdrawing 42m shillings, from the Bank, and they drove towards Bundibugyo. The unfortunate part, is that the suspect, Bwambale Sunday, had alerted his accomplices in Bundibugyo, who lured the victim into a gold transaction. The duo arrived in Bundibugyo at around 8pm and proceeded to meet with the suspected gold dealers. The suspects immediately grabbed and strangled him to death, and thereafter, shared the loot among themselves. They eventually dumped the body of the deceased at Bimala Cell, Kanyasimbi Ward, in Bundibugyo District.
The suspect initially denied any involvement in the murder of the victim, claiming the deceased was one of his best friends. He even participated in the burial and paid an emotional and sorrowful tribute to the deceased, before making a cash contribution towards the funeral expenses. He however, broke down when the task team showed him private CCTV footages, from Centenary Bank and other venues, where he was captured in the company of the deceased. Efforts are now in place to track down and arrest his other accomplices, for Aggravated Robbery, Murder and related conspiracies.
We want to inform the public that Homicide by friends who have frequent, direct and personal contacts are real. In this very aspect, the suspect was very close to the family and could even attend family events, celebrations and holidays, with the deceased. After his murder, he attended the funeral so that the family, friends and the police would not suspect him. His arrest and involvement in the murder, added shock to the bereaved family.
Therefore, let each and everyone be careful, with the friends they make or choose. Ensure you always watch your back, because some friends who claim to have your best interests, could be having other ulterior motives of murder and hatred. The act therefore, was not spontaneous, but a planned and pre-meditated murder, by a close friend, whose motivation was money totaling to 42m.
Source: Uganda Police Force