Man in Pallisa Beheaded Over Land Dispute

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Bakandas head was found lying two meters away from the torso on Sunday morning. Turyasingura says they will expedite their investigations and present the suspect in court. Faustino Weigulo, the LC 1 Chairperson Apokor village, blames Bakandas death on his son Bosco Bakanda.

Pallisa police are holding a man in connection to the brutal murder of 72-year-old Paulo Bakanda, a resident of Apokor village in Gogonyo Sub County. 

Pallisa District Police Commander, Mathias Turyansigura, says Awali Siragye surrendered to Gogonyo Police Station after beheading Bakanda.

Bakanda's head was found lying two meters away from the torso on Sunday morning. Turyasingura says they will expedite their investigations and present the suspect in court. 

Faustino Weigulo, the LC 1 Chairperson Apokor village, blames Bakanda's death on his son Bosco Bakanda.

According to Weigulo, Bosco Bakanda went to police to push for the arrest of Peter Bancaye and Umar Babu for allegedly assaulting him over the disputed land three months ago. 

He explains that police stormed Sirigye's home in the company of Bakanda junior at around 4:00am where he was holding a vigil for his late mother, Kisasi Nabirye, which prompted the mourners to turn rowdy.

"Bosco Bakanda wanted to take advantage of the presence of Bancaye and Babu who had ran to Busoga but had come to attend the burial of their mother", he added. He says the late Paulo Bakanda went to Sirigye's home in the morning to find out why people were making alarm at night only to be chopped to death. 

John Obooli, the Gogonyo Sub County area Land Committee Chairperson, says Siragye had vendetta against the deceased who he accused of having a hand in the death of his mother. Bakanda was blocked from attending the burial of Nabirya despite being a family member. He cautions people involved in land disputes against resorting to violence. 

On Sunday afternoon, the Pallisa Resident District Commissioner, John Watenyeli Nabende held a meeting to calm down Bakanda's relatives.