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Firebase crew member found dead after three day search

Daniel Apedel. URN photo media

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Daniel Apedel, a 21-year-old member of the Firebase entertainment group has been found dead. Firebase is an entertainment company founded by National Unity Platform President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine.

Apedel has been part of the soldier’s brigade, a wing that was responsible for providing security to NUP campaign teams in the recently concluded general elections. He is also one of the firebase members who survived the Kalangala swoop in which more than 90 members of NUP were arrested and subsequently charged.

His close friends said he went missing on Tuesday while on his way from work. Suddenly, his phones were off and he never made it home according to his roommate in Kamuli zone, Kireka. The search for him started instantly until last evening when they received a phone call informing them that his body was in the city mortuary at Mulago.

According to Dr Joel Mirembe, the head of NUP’s professional wing and emergency unit, Apedel was tortured to death, a statement he based on the record on the postmortem report.

Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said the investigations into the death are still ongoing to ascertain his actual cause of death and the circumstances under which he lost his life.

Last year during the presidential campaigns in December, Ssenteza Frank who was also a personal bodyguard to Kyagulanyi was knocked dead in Busega while Kyagulanyi’s motorcade made its way from Masaka to Kampala.

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