The family of Michael Kalinda also known as Ziggy Wine has accused Mulago hospital of allegedly not doing enough to save their brother which resulted in his death last night.
Speaking to the press at the City Mortuary at Mulago earlier today, Immaculate Chocho Nalwadda the late singer’s elder sister, said her brother was not given enough care which resulted into his death.
She said Ziggy who was kidnapped on July 21 and tortured by unknown people, sustained serious injuries that led to a blood clot in the head requiring surgery. She however said, doctors at Mulago only advised them to take Ziggy home and give him food.
“After searching for almost a week, we found him admitted in the casualty ward at Mulago without being treated. The doctors told us that he was fine but needed food to gain strength,” said a weeping Chocho.
She added that the family decided to take him to another hospital where it was found that he had a blood clot in the head that required an immediate operation. Chocho says she believes if immediate surgery was done probably her brother’s life would have been saved.
However, due to lack of money that was required to have him operated at Nsambya hospital, they had no option but to take him back to Mulago where he breathed his last at the age of 28.
“I think his involvement in political activism with People Power could be behind his brutal torture,” she added.
According to the sister, his one eye was seriously damaged and his two figures cut off by the attackers believed to be state agents. Before his death, Ziggy Wine has been a singer attached to Fire Base Crew, a recording studio owned by the Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Meanwhile, police have tasked a team of detectives from the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) to investigate the kidnap and subsequent death of Ziggy. He had bruises and could hardly recognize anybody by the time he was discovered at Mulago hospital, where he had been alleged dumped by his captors.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says a team of homicide detectives has started tracing the thugs who kidnapped Ziggy from Gganda in Wakiso district. According to Enanga, detectives from Kawempe Police Division will work along CID homicide officers to establish circumstances under, which Ziggy was kidnapped, maimed leading to his death.
He says the detectives will retrieve footage from the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras for clues on who could have dropped the deceased at Mulago hospital. The deceased’s family has since notified police that they have been getting death threats from anonymous people warning them not to speak about his kidnap.
Enanga urged the deceased's relatives to participate in the investigations by sharing information and particulars of the people threatening them. He was donning red, the colours of the People Power political pressure group when he was kidnapped.
Additional reporting by URN