Five suspects caged in connection to the murder of President Yoweri Museveni’s nephew, Joshua Nteireho Rushegera have been released by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence–CMI in collaboration with the Criminal Investigations Directorate–CID.
The released suspects who include cousins of the deceased, were arrested last week in connection to the murder.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says the suspects were released after recording statements, which are being scrutinized by investigators to assess their relevancy to the crime.
Rushegera was shot dead alongside his female friend Mellina Tumukunde at Nambigirwa Bridge Entebbe Expressway at around 10:30pm on September 5, 2019.
Last week, Enanga revealed that footage was obtained from security cameras and three hotels the duo visited hours before their assassination. The deceased visited Innophine, Hidden Treasure and Millennium hotel on the fateful day.
Police said investigators had managed to retrieve the images of the suspected assailants but are yet to get clear ones that can be released to the public to help in hunting for the suspects. Investigators established that Rushegera had booked two rooms at Innophine hotel in Entebbe before he went to Hidden Treasure hotel where he picked his friend and Counter-Terrorism Officer, Davis Taremwa.
Rushegera was allegedly going to buy a Toyota Harrier motor vehicle from Robert Suubi who they met at Millennium hotel. Investigators are also following leads that Tumukunde had on her $10,000 amounting to Shillings 36 million but it was taken by the killers.
Constable Taremwa told police that Rushegera drove away with his gun after he asked him to pick Suubi inside the hotel. Rushegera’s was found holding Taremwa’s gun seemingly to have been shot as he tried to shoot back at his attackers.