Kalungu Coffee Farmer Hacked To Death, Two Arrested Top story

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Matia Kalemba, the Kigasa B Village Council chairperson, confirmed the incident, saying Kulabirawo was alone at home at the time of the incident. He explains that this is the first incident of its kind in the area where assailants murdered their victim and torched his house.

Kalungu Police are holding two suspects in connection to the gruesome murder of John Kulabirawo, 47, a prominent coffee farmer and dealer. The suspects are Ronald Ssemwogerere and his friend Richard Jjingo.

 
The suspects were picked up to help police investigations into the murder of Kulabirawo at Kigasa B village in Kyamuliibwa sub-county at around 11pm on Sunday.
 

 
The assailants hacked the businessman to death while bathing before they set his house ablaze reducing all household property to ashes. Residents found Kulabirawo's lifeless body lying in a pool of blood with multiple cuts on the head, back and hands this morning.
 

 
Matia Kalemba, the Kigasa B Village Council chairperson, confirmed the incident, saying Kulabirawo was alone at home at the time of the incident. He explains that this is the first incident of its kind in the area where assailants murdered their victim and torched his house.
 
  
 
The decease's mother, Mary Mukakachinga and his brother James Kalema, say they are still troubled about the incident. Kalema argued that his brother was a humble resident who never didn't have a grudge with anyone.  

 
A sniffer dog led police to the home of Joseph Mutyaba leading to the arrest of his son Ronald Ssemwogerere and his friend, Richard Jjingo in connection to the murder.
 
 
However, deceased's family and residents first argued with police officers, saying they had picked the wrong people because the two suspects are well behaved and had no grudge with the deceased.
 

Mable Tweheyo, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations Department Kalungu Police Station, says the suspects are to aid their ongoing investigations, adding that they will be released if they are innocent.

 
Police conducted postmortem on the body and allowed the family members to bury the deceased. Godfrey Ssettuba, the Reserve Force Commander in Kyamuliibwa sub-county, says Kulabirawo is the victim of machete attacks since the year began.

 
The suspects have denied killing Kulabirawo, saying they are victims of mistaken identity. Ssemwogerere explains that he has no reason to kill a man twice his size and energy.