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Onebe denies hiring maid as police discover second body remains from septic tank

Francis Onebe is at the center of controversy.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The proprietor of Price and King auditing firm, Francis Onebe has denied ever employing a maid as police grills him over the remains of a second person found inside a bag which was retrieved from a septic tank last week.

Onebe’s home is on Kaggwa Rise which falls under Munyonyo parish, not in Muyenga as earlier reported. The 72-year-old has been in the news for the last nine months claiming his wife, Immaculate Mary Blessing Onebe was kidnapped by unknown people moving in a Toyota Hiace commonly known as a drone.

But events turned around last week when a security guard, Bonny Oriokot from Pentagon Security Limited resurfaced at the home he was guarding before Immaculate went missing on January 6. Immaculate was the executive director of Pentagon Security Limited.

Soon after Immaculate went missing, Oriokot also disappeared. But he was arrested by the new guard from the same company. Detectives interrogated Oriokot with the view of knowing whether he knew where Francis Onebe’s wife was and why he too varnished as soon the woman went missing.

However, Oriokot shocked investigators when he insisted that Francis knew whatever happened to his wife. Detectives summoned Francis to CID headquarters at Kibuli but quickly noticed inconsistencies in his statement.

A decision was made to visit his home, open the pit latrine and septic tank. Indeed, their suspicion became a reality as a body of a woman was sighted in the septic tank. The corpse was retrieved alongside a heavy bag which had been placed on its chest.

Investigators yesterday decided to open the heavy bag but their eyes landed on a human skull and other body parts such as libs, arms and legs. Francis Onebe who has been kept at Special Investigations Unit-SIU in Kireka and sometimes Jinja Road Police Station was tasked to explain who could be the possible second victim.

“We asked him to explain whether he had a maid and he said no,” a detective said. “He denies ever employing a maid. He does not believe that the woman we retrieved from the septic tank is his wife. But our suspicion is that the maid could have been killed after she witnessed the killing of her boss Immaculate.”

CID spokesperson Charles Twine told Uganda Radio Network-URN, that they now have a task to establish which of the two bodies was Immaculate. He adds that their hope is in the DNA samples drawn from a daughter to Immaculate.

“We have a big task to identify who of these victims was Immaculate. But if the DNA results show none of these bodies is of Immaculate, we shall have to trace for people who could have lost their relatives to help us identify these bodies,” Twine said.

Although Francis Onebe denied ever employing a permanent maid, Godfrey Akena, the defence secretary of Lower Mawanga village said the couple had a maid who they often sent to buy foodstuffs from his shop.

Akena explains that the maid was last seen a few weeks before Immaculate was declared missing. At the time, Oriokot was the one buying foodstuff from Akena’s shop. Akena says he never received any report whether their maid was dismissed or went missing.

From January 6 up to last week, Francis Onebe has visited several security detention facilities among others Kabalagala, CMI and SIU. He insisted that his wife was kidnapped by a maid adjacent to their home.

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