Chairperson Detained for Demolishing Resident's Home

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Nabbafa reportedly incited residents to demolish a house belonging to Bernard Ssempijja and uproot his crop garden over the weekend accusing him of practicing witchcraft.

Monica Nabbafa, the LC I Chairperson of Kiwagama South in Butagaya Sub County in Jinja district is in trouble for allegedly inciting residents to demolish the house of one of the residents.

Nabbafa reportedly incited residents to demolish a house belonging to Bernard Ssempijja and uproot his crop garden over the weekend accusing him of practicing witchcraft.

Police swung in action and picked up Nabbafa for inciting violence and charged her under CRB 153/2018 at Jinja Central Police Station. Ssempijja claims that he pleaded with Nabbafa to stop the attack in vain. 

"Nabbafa came with a crowd of people who started stoning my house. I tried to plead with her but she didn't listen until they demolished my house," Ssempijja said.
 
Nabbafa denies any wrong doing, saying she called police to intervene but the situation spiraled out of control. "I couldn't contain the situation by myself and I even made a phone call to the OC Station Butagaya police post to rescue the situation but they arrived late when the residents had demolished the house," Nabbafa said.
 
The Jinja North Division Police Commander, Henry Mugarura, says the suspect will be charged with inciting violence and malicious damage to property. "We are investigating this matter and upon compilation of the file, the suspect will be charged with inciting violence and malicious damage of property," Mugarura says.
 
He warned residents against mob action, saying they should refer all their disputes to police for redress.