Couple killed in apartment fire in Kawempe; Suspected woman held in custody

A 24-year-old woman is being detained by police on suspicion of setting fire to an apartment in Kampala’s Kawempe Division and killing two people there. Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27, were the only two people named by ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, a deputy spokesperson for the Kampala Metropolitan Police.

“The room was a rented double unit occupied by the suspect. It is alleged that she (suspect) received two visitors only identified as Patricia, 24 (her cousin) and one Kajumba , 27 , (her friend) . She informed us that the visitors went to her place in the morning and the fire broke out later that evening while the visitors were still in the house,” said ASP Luke Owoyesgyire.

Prior to the two bodies being taken to Mulago City Mortuary for postmortem, the Regional Fire brigade responded and put out the fire at Jinja Kawempe Zone “A” on Thursday evening.

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ASP Luke Owoyesigyire continued, “Statements were recorded from witnesses. Our officers later visited the suspect in the clinic where she had been taken for first aid and she was later referred to Kawempe Hospital for further management,”

To allow officials from the National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other interested parties to further investigate the scene and determine the precise cause of the fire, police cordoned off the area.

According to reports, the apartment is owned by a local businesswoman named Grace Sanyu (landlady).
Photos and a video of the alleged arson were all over social media on Saturday morning.

“Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact plus the contents of the store. More details about the investigation will be availed as soon Possible,”

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