FBI joins investigation of murdered women in Uganda

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Ugandan police said the FBI would help them identify some of the bodies that were found in Nansana Municipality and the greater Entebbe in Wakiso District. Image courtesy: Daily Monitor

The recent killings of women in Uganda has prompted the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to officially join investigations.

Ugandan police said the FBI would help them identify some of the bodies that were found in Nansana Municipality and the greater Entebbe in Wakiso District, local media reported.

Asan Kasingye, the country’s police spokesperson, said on Monday the FBI agents would look at the bodies of women who were found dead in Nansana and Entebbe.

“Three FBI forensics experts are trying to establish whether the deceased were Ugandan nationals or not,” Mr Kasingye said.

The call for the FBI comes after police said that they had been stuck with the bodies for months. Two were believed to have been killed in Katabi town council in Entebbe, and the other in Nansana Municipality between May and September.

“We always collaborate with international agencies but that does not mean we have delegated our constitutional mandate,” Kasingye emphasised.

“FBI is helping us in forensic investigation purposely to identify the three women bodies.”

The series of brutal deaths that shocked the east African nation raised a spectre of a possible serial killer at work.

Some of the murdered women were known to be commercial sex workers, and at least two were students, local media reported.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in an emergency meeting with the affected communities, promised to “personally investigate the murders”.