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Court orders body of Rakai college student exhumed

By Jens Mukiibi

RAKAI—A court in Kalisizo, Rakai District, has ordered Police to exhume the body of a student from a grave at Kasensero Landing Site in Rakai District.

Nathan Lutaaya, 18, a first-year student at Bikiira Teachers’ College, was recently found dead on the shores of Lake Victoria.

His body was on Tuesday last week buried at Kansensero Landing Site on the orders of police officers at Kasensero Police Station since nobody had claimed it.

However, Joy Namboozo, the Kalisizo Grade I Magistrate, on Monday ordered the exhumation of the body after Godfrey Ssemwanga, a resident of Lwendawula, Ddwaniro Sub-county in Rakai District, had come forward to claim it.

On June 4, according to Ssemwanga, his son left home to go to school. He reportedly used a boda-boda.

However, Ssemwanga was two days later informed that his son was not at the college.

He filed a missing person case at Kyotera Police.

He later received information that a body that had been buried at Kasensero Landing Site.

He said when he travelled to the landing site and observed pictures of the body that were taken by police officers, he confirmed that it was that of his missing son.

Ssemwanga said that his request to police to allow him to exhume the body was rejected. He was advised to secure a court order.

According to Lameck Kigozi, the Southern Region Police spokesperson, they discovered a suitcase containing Lutaaya’s personal items at Kyapa trading centre.

 He said two people have been arrested as investigations continue.

Kigozi said the body will be taken to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for a post-mortem before being handed over to the family for burial.

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