The investigations into the circumstances surrounding the killing of Bewatte Betungura, a former law student of Uganda Christian University (UCU) during the chaotic Makerere University guild campaigns seem to have hit a snag because of fake witnesses.
Betungura met his death in July after being stabbed with a broken bottle on the neck on the eve of the botched Makerere University guild elections. The clashes broke out between Northcote Revolutionary Army (NRA), which was guarding the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC guild presidential candidate Justus Tukamushaba and Rat Guard Brigade (RGB), which was guarding the National Unity Platform-NUP candidate, Lawrence Alionz alias Dangote.
When commanders of spy and violent crime agencies tasked their teams to hunt for Betungura’s killers, two youths, Aaron Aronda and Ali Kange, quickly presented themselves as witnesses to the fracas and promised to work with police to identify the killers.
Aronda and Kange presented identity cards showing that they are undercover detectives attached to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, which made the investigators from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, Internal Security Organization, Criminal Investigations Directorate, and Crime Intelligence believe them.
The investigators have been relying on the duo’s accounts to find Betungura’s killers. However, along the way, the investigators realized that the duo’s narrative wasn’t matching information obtained from the footage captured by Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras as well as videos that were recorded by students who were part of the groups.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, said the security team decided to take Aronda and Kange to Makerere a few days ago to reconstruct the scene of the crime. To the shock of the security team, the two purported witnesses pointed at different scenes.
Enanga explained that after confirming that Aronda and Kange were masqueraders, security agencies tasked them to reveal their true identities. The duo revealed that they were not at Makerere university but just wanted to benefit from allowances provided for under the Witness Protection Act.
Security has since established that the duo has been sleeping in hotels in Kireka, Nsambya, Luweero, and Kikoni for free after convincing hotel managers that they were State House spies and their bills would be catered for by the government.
It should be remembered that seven people had been arrested in connection to Betungura’s death. The Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire identified some of the suspects as Kassanda South MP Frank Kabuye, Allan Ssekidde and Muzafaru Kabuurwa. The suspects were released on police bond after being charged with inciting violence. Police have decided to drop the false leads provided by Aronda and Kange, which has stalled the investigations.