Man Spears Son to Death over Land Disputes

1987 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

In short
Police in Kabale are holding an 80-year-old man for allegedly spearing his son to death over land disputes. Charles Katarakwenda, a resident of Nyakiharo cell, Mwanjari ward, Southern Division in Kabale Municipality, is alleged to have speared Andrew Ndyareeba who was aged 42.

Police in Kabale are holding an 80-year-old man for allegedly spearing his son to death over land disputes.

Charles Katarakwenda, a resident of Nyakiharo cell, Mwanjari ward, Southern Division in Kabale Municipality, is alleged to have speared Andrew Ndyareeba who was aged 42.

The incident occurred on Friday at around 3pm while at their home in Nyakiharo. Until his death Ndyareeba was a night watchman at Ndorwa Secondary School in Kabale town.

Katarikwenda is said to have given Ndyareeba a piece of land two years ago as a share on the family property. However, a misunderstanding erupted when Katarikwenda turned against the decision and withdrew his statement of giving out the piece of land to Ndyareeba.

Moses Tubaho, a neighbour to the family says he was alerted by noise of the two fighting. Tubaho says that when he arrived to separate them, Katarakwenda picked a spear and stabbed Ndyareeba on the left shoulder from the back as he cursed him to die. 

Tubaho says that Ndyareeba died as a result of excessive bleeding as locals prepared to rush him to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital for treatment.

Elly Maate, the police spokesperson for Kigezi region says that Katarikwenda was immediately arrested and is being detained at Kabale Police Station pending further investigations.

Maate says the suspect will appear in court to answer charges of murder.

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.