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.