MBARARA – Four people have lost their lives, in separate incidents of mob-justice in a space of two days in the Kigezi sub-region.
The latest incident happened on Thursday in Butare village, Rutooma parish, Northern division, Kabale Municipality where a mob lynched, Moreen Korugyendo, 31, for alleged theft of fresh beans.
Sgt Joshua Ouma – O/C Rwakaraba police post said that Korugyendo had breathed her last by the time security arrived in the area to try and rescue her. He said that the mob, armed with stones and clubs, used in the beating of Korugyendo, dispersed on learning that police had responded.
The deceased’s body is lying at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital mortuary pending a post mortem, as the matter is under investigation on file CRB: 932/2022.
The Thursday incident followed a similar one on Tuesday in Rushebeya- Nyakarambi village in Kitojo parish Rwamucucu sub-county, Rukiga district where a mob killed, Julius Turihabwe, 37, for alleged theft of rabbits, belonging to a resident identified only as Ignatius.
According to Eddie Mugisha, Rwamucucu sub-county LCIII Chairperson, residents ganged up against Turihabwe when they searched his house and found rabbit meat in a saucepan. Rukiga Police Station is investigating the matter vide CRB 648/2022.
On Wednesday, residents had ganged up, lynching, Christine Kenema on allegations that she could have had a hand in the murder of her husband, Warren Mujuni,45, a resident of Katojo village in Kashasha parish, Ikumba sub-county, Rubanda district. The incident happened after Mujuni’s lifeless body was found a few metres from his home.
Residents mobilized and lynched Kenema on accusations that she could have masterminded Mujuni’s murder since the two have been battling domestic wrangles. The case is registered at Rubanda police station under file number CRB 475/2022.
Elly Maate – the Kigezi region police spokesperson, confirmed the incidents, saying seven suspects had been arrested in connection to the mob behind Turinawe’s murder. He said that efforts were on-going to arrest all the suspects behind the other incidents of mob action.
Fisherman Drowns after Hippo Attack
Vincent Alpha Opio – the Kabwoya Sub county LCV Councillor, who doubles as the Kikuube LCV Vice Chairperson, appealed to Uganda Wild life Authority – UWA to intervene and drive the hippos away from straying into the community.
Edward Birungi, the Warden-in-charge of Kabwoya Kaiso Tonya Wildlife Conservation Area, said that they were taking all the necessary steps to curb the animals’ attacks onto the civilians.