published Aug. 27, 2020, 5:49 p.m. by mariamagboola
26 yr old doctor murdered by a pry school dropout
The murder of a 26 year old medical doctor by a 24 year old primary school dropout in Kampala, Uganda has again raised question on the safety of the privileged few among the army of semi literate and uneducated youths roaming the streets of Africa.
The body of Catherine Agaba, a doctor at International Hospital Kampala (IHK), who had been declared missing was recovered by Police from a septic tank in the compound of her Muyenga rental house.
Agaba was said to have met her death on April 13, inside an enclosure housing a block of apartments under renovation and the main house belonging to a chiefdom prime minister.
The motive behind horrific murder of the budding doctor described as a lady with a 'golden heart' has not been unraveled but the incident has put the whole community in confusion and her family in despair.
“We are bereft of words and we find it extremely hard to withstand the storm. We shall emerge heroically forward in the name of God, to confront the pain that threatens our belief in Him. Rest in Peace Our Girl; Dr Catherine Agaba,” the condolence message from Gayaza High School officials reads.
Speaker after speaker during the requiem mass at Our Lady of Africa Church in Mbuya, Kampala described Cathy Agaba as amiable, humble, and hardworking. ‘Dr Catherine Agaba has been the hope of the family of six; according to her paternal uncle Enos Kaviri, who moved mourners to tears.
Kaviri also said the news of the gruesome murder of the medic had devastated her father, Fred Rutagumba, who could not attend the requiem mass. Agaba lost her mother Ustine Rutagumbantly when she was six.
Meanwhile on Monday, Police arrested prime suspect, Ronald Obangakene, 24, a Primary Six dropout and guard at Agaba’s rental house, from a hideout in Oyam district. He later led the team of security officials to the septic tank where he had dumped her body.
Agaba’s decomposing body was then retrieved and taken to Mulago Hospital for post-mortem.
She was to be laid to rest on Wednesday .
Agaba studied at St. Hellen’s Primary School, Maryhill High School and Gayaza High School, where she excelled with 23 points in sciences and received a government scholarship to study medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.