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Scandinavians died of drug intoxication - Kayihura

IGP Kale Kayihura

The inspector general of police Gen Kale Kayihura has said that of the four foreign nationals that died in the country within this month, two died of mixed drugs intoxication.

The deceased are Terasvouri Tuomas Juha Petteri, 42, a Finish national who died at Pearl of Africa hotel on February 5, and Alex Nordlarndar Sebastien Andreas, 41, a Swedish national, who died in his room at Sheraton Kampala hotel on February 6.

The others are Montie Guy Watson, 61, a resident of Texas who was found dead in his hotel room at Bwana Tembo Safari camp lodge in Nwoya district on Saturday and Rita Charlotte who collapsed during a nature walk at Murchison Falls national park and died on arrival at Pakwach hospital.

Kayihura, flanked by forensic pathologists from the police force while addressing media this evening said that the postmortem report of the two who died in Kampala showed “mixed drug intoxication” was the cause of death.

“What is clear is that there were no visible external signs of struggle or any form of foul play because that is what we first investigated,” Kayihura said.

He said police examined blood, liver and urine samples of the two men and found traces of cocaine, morphine and opium. Others were pesticides derived from stomach contents of the two.

Even though Kayihura says there is no connection between the two deaths, it is still mind boggling how the two, who died in different places and on different days could have taken the same drugs.

Kayihura refused to delve further into the issue saying police was still investigating how the deceased got into possession of drugs. In the case of Montie Guy, the cause of death was heart failure while that of Rita Charlotte is yet to be established.

Kayihura warned the public of the rising drugs usage and abuse in the country, saying that police is going to form a special unit to crackdown the crime.

“It is a war we must embark on,” Kayihura said. “As we go for criminals in town, fighting drugs will also be a priority.”

The police chief who admitted that some of these drugs find their way into the country through the airport also said that the force would “tie up the loose ends” at Entebbe.

Cooperation with ISO

Although he didn’t mention the exact number, Kayihura said that there have been arrests of people who purportedly picked up Petteri together with another Finnish counterpart Suvi Linden, a politician, from the airport and booked them into Pearl of Africa hotel.

These are said to have been Internal Security Organisation (ISO) operatives who issued airport clearing agents with a “fake” letter purportedly from the ISO chief Col Frank Bagyenda Kaka that seemed to have invited the Finnish duo.

“We arrested them and others and investigations are still going on,” Kayihura said.

However the arrested suspects are not in police custody but are still held by ISO which has since refused to hand them over to police, the government institution that the constitution mandates to arrest and detain according to Kayihura.

Asked where the bad blood between police and ISO and the fact that the latter has refused to hand over suspects could prove a stumbling block to the investigations, Kayihura trashed this notion saying that those under looking the capability of police are deluded.

“We are cooperating well with ISO because both of us are interested in knowing the truth and we shall know the truth, which we shall share with you,” he said.



+1 #1 gwok 2018-02-21 02:03
We now know in which state institutution the capacity to implement "matoput" is situated, don't we?
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+2 #2 Phalanch 2018-02-21 02:54
How many Ugandans die every day in unknown circumstances that require a clean police intervention and yet cases fade away unseen and if attended to extortion of huge sum of cash is major objection on both sides.

We can forgive but not forget so that such atrocities don't happen again .
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+4 #3 Ugthinker 2018-02-21 03:00
The epitome of NRM/NRA thuggery. No professionalism at all!

I watched the media briefing and felt sorry for those working for uganda government. Kaihura was almost instructing pathologists, investigators etc on what to say.

The guy was so unsettled, which suggested he was trying to conceal something.

Kaihura doesn’t trust himself and can’t even hide it! He told officers at the briefing not to sit in his chair incase something happens to them and they blame him!!!!!

One thing was obvious, Kaihura is not at peace. That’s very scary, given his influence on the country’s security topography. The earlier he is relieved of his duties, the better.
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+4 #4 Odongo Richard Otim 2018-02-21 03:50
There are so many questions to be answered.

How did they all die at the same time? What it the first time for them to do druggings or they procured from Uganda?

How did the arm dealer got the forged invitations and was it mistakes or our scandals.

Who forged the invitation? It is in human to make a foreigner fall prays in your hands because of change of homes then you become insecured as if we have never travelled abroad and come back safely.
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+5 #5 wazza 2018-02-21 07:04
I hate seeing this man's face and hearing what he says. What I see is an incompetent and useless man.

If you cant investigate simple crimes that have remained on your face, then how do you expect us to believe your autopsy reports????

Just keep quiet and do what you are good at, promoting lawlessness!
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+2 #6 Betty Nalubega 2018-02-21 15:19
For me , what is mind boggling is that Mr. Kalekezi is still the IGP.

If Uganda was still our country , this police boss would have been relived of his duties years ago.
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+1 #7 aloys 2018-02-21 15:34
Every time there is a rush to release a report- the greatest suspect is the police.

Too fast in a few cases while others take years- No wonder romours are pointing to the very people releasing reports. Same old stories.
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+1 #8 Eboo 2018-02-21 15:39
This is Cerina Nebanda all over again...SMDH!!
Mbu Cocaine Mophine Opium and..... pesticides.

Any one of those could have killed them but all of them in their system just shows how determined the killer was to seem them dead..
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0 #9 WADADA rogers 2018-02-21 15:42
Gwe Kayihura, Ugandans will soon pounce on you and give you a verthe last time i checked you were a Lawyer, Besides, the Police has Dr. Byaruhanga who should have been in position to announce the findings, yey on the other hand you are not the Spokesman for the Police, Kulwaki wesawo, what are you hiding, why do you want to be in charge of everything .
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+2 #10 Lysol 2018-02-21 23:52
I had some American friends who wanted to visit Uganda for their honeymoon, but they cancelled and went to Kenya, insead.

Uganda is getting frightening for foreigners, however much Kale tries to spin. Those people are no fools.
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