Police Fails to Unravel Murder Mystery

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It was a mystery that gripped Kabarole district. In June 2007, Father Tony Kiiza, the Kamwenge Parish priest disappeared from his parish, under suspicious circumstances. The priest was never to be seen again. Despite numerous investigations and alleged sightings, the trail on Fr Kiiza's whereabouts has until now gone cold. Police have failed to unravel the mystery behind the murder of Father Tony Kiiza, a catholic priest who disappeared in June 2007. The police had earlier claimed that they had come close to cracking the case, but suffered a setback after the latest forensic tests failed to provide any conclusive evidence to solve the priest's murder mystery. Results from the latest DNA test conducted in a London laboratory shows that the body did not belong to Father Tony Kiiza, who served as the Parish priest of Kamwenge parish. Edward Ochom, the Director of the Criminal Investigations Directorate, says the DNA tests done in London confirmed the body that has lay at Virika hospital was of another person. The DNA sample was compared against that of Father Tony Kiiza's parents and it turned out negative. The laboratory also conducted a bone analysis to establish the actual age of the deceased person and found that the body was of a 40-year-old person, and yet Father Tony Kiiza was aged 54-years. Earlier, police conducted two DNA tests in South Africa which all turned out negative. Pathologists from Mulago hospital had also confirmed that the skull recovered from the remains belonged to someone of Fr. Kiiza's height, weight and age. Father Tony Kiiza, the former Kamwenge District Service Commission Chairperson disappeared in June 2007.A few weeks' later a decomposing body believed to be his was found dumped in a bush in Kabarole district in Kasenda village, Rutete Sub-county. Ochom added that the body, which was presumed to be that of Fr. Kiiza would be buried temporarily pending a search for the identities of the deceased person. Police say that the case file into the alleged murder of Fr Kiiza will remain open and the missing person will only be declared dead after seven years. What is known is that before vanishing off the face of the earth, Fr Tonny Kiiza, spent a night at the home of one of the prominent businessman in Rweitera.


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