A Kenyan truck driver identified as Natalia Peter 51 who was driving a bugged white Mitsubishi truck Reg. No. KBAX 800F, was killed by unidentified assailants and dumped in Buwambo near Kasangati in Wakiso district.
Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson, Patrick Onyango confirmed Mr Natalia’s death.
“Police in Kasangati, received information from residents of Buwambo on July 29 that there was a body of an unidentified male adult that was lying in the area and police went and picked it and took it to the City mortuary,” Mr Onyango said.
Earlier before Mr. Natalia’s disappearance, his employer Mr. Raphael Lamuyu from Nakuru in Kenya who had monitoring his movements in Uganda using a tracking device said the truck had last been seen around Katwe area, a Kampala suburb but its proper location was lost after the battery was allegedly removed.
When Lamuyu realized that he had lost the vehicle’s location, he decided to travel to Kampala and register a complaint at Katwe Police station of a missing driver and truck after which he was advised to check the city mortuary where he found the deceased.
Mr. Onyango noted that Police in Katwe had been investigating a case of murder and theft of the truck when they recovered the body with a burnt face. It’s not clear why the killers scalded Mr. Natalia’s face before killing him.
One of the suspects has since been arrested in connection with the killing of Mr. Natalia and is being held at Katwe Police Station since his role in the killing is still unknown and also why the owners of the alleged tile materials have not been arrested for interrogation.
“When the driver reached Jinja where he was supposed to offload, the owners of the materials told him to proceed to Kampala where they would offload. He was travelling with the owners to Kampala. The owner of the truck last monitored him in Katwe area and that’s why they reported to Katwe police station,”Onyango said.
However, other police sources revealed that after offloading the goods in Katwe area, Mr Natalia was allegedly hired by unknown people to transport certain goods back to Kenya. However, Ekyooto could not independently verify this claim.
Much as investigations are still on going, the relatives of Mr. Natalia from Kenya on Thursday picked his body from the City mortuary and transported it back for a decent send off.