As the family and friends of the late Michael Alinda alias Ziggy Wine still grieves over his demise yesterday evening, Police has come out to explain that they have started investigations into the matter and they have already despatched teams to retrieve CCTV footage of Mulago referral hospital.
The deceased was kidnapped a couple of weeks back, beaten beyond recognition and his left eye plucked out by unknown people. Two of his fingers were cut off before dumping him at in Mulago hospital.
While addressing journalists at the Police headquarters in Naguru on Tuesday, Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga, said that Alinda’s disappearance had been reported at Ganda Police post but his family desisted from fast tracking the case with the Police due to claims of receiving “be careful” threats from the alleged kidnappers.
“The Police is colour blind – we do not take any sides in investigating cases of threats. We always consider the intent and opportunity in threats to life very seriously,” Enanga said.
He explained that the whole tragedy from Alinda’s disappearance to his recovery and the subsequent alleged threats to his family members were not coordinated well between the family and the Police.
“We have however opened up the death inquiry file to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Michael Alinda and our regional team in Kawempe has taken up the matter and they are going to work closely with the Homicide department from the CID headquarters,” he added.
Enanga said that Police is to ensure that they investigate serve justice to the family of the victim should the postmortem report indicate that Alinda died of natural causes.
On the dumping of a weak and helpless Alinda at Mulago hospital, Enanga says they will need a CCTV footage from the hospital to aid their investigations.
“On the allegations that he was dumped in an unconscious state at Mulago hospital, the teams have gone to there (hospital) and retrieve the CCTV footage which can indicate which vehicle or means or personalities dumped him there,” he said.
He urged the family to ignore the threats and work with the police and help police in identifying the culprits.
Meanwhile, Bobi Wine, an MP and a leader of the Fire base music group to which the deceased is said to have been a member, has described Ziggy Wine’s last days on earth as “very painful” and the deceased as a hard-working man.