Mob Kills Woman Over Cannibalism

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The residents, armed with clubs, stones and spears, raided the home of Selegio Manyindo demanding to kill his wife Mary Manyindo Akiiki.

Police in Fort Portal is investigating circumstances under which a woman suspected to be a cannibal was lynched and another severely injured by an angry mob.
 
An irate mob of residents in Kitonzi village, Kabahango parish in Buheesi Sub County, Kabarole district on Thursday morning raided the home of the suspected cannibals accusing them of witchcraft and cannibalism.
 
The residents, armed with clubs, stones and spears, raided the home of Selegio Manyindo demanding to kill his wife Mary Manyindo Akiiki.
 
According to Joshua Kasumba, the GISO Buheesi Sub County, the mob went on rampage and lynched Mary Manyindo and severely injured another woman only identified as Imelda.
 
Kasumba says the mob justice action took place on Thursday at around 8:00am.
 
Kasumba explains the deceased was beaten to death by the angry mob of residents using clubs, sticks and spears.
 
After killing her, they bought petrol and set her body ablaze burning her to ashes.
 
The injured Imelda is currently admitted at Fort Portal regional referral hospital in critical condition.
 
Mary Manyindo's husband escaped the wrath of the mob and went on the run for his life.
 
Kasumba adds that a third person identified as Scola Mabere was rescued by local leaders and security operatives from the mob and is currently held at Kasusu police post in South division Fort Portal municipality.
 
Richard Kapere, the OC Kasusu police post, revealed that Mabere had peviously reported to the police that the residents were threatening to kill them over cannibalism, a practice they denied.
 
He says that the police is holding Mabere at the station for her own safety. 
 
Goodluck Mwesige, an eyewitness and resident of the area, claimed that the mob justice victims came from Kijura in Hakibaale Sub County and settled in Kasindi in Karambi Sub County before migrating to Kitonzi village. He says they migrated after the people threatened them over the same act.
 
Richard Okello, the OC CID Fort Portal, has confirmed the incident and said the police have launched investigations into the matter.
 
He however says that no suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder and the malicous damage of property.
 
He condemned the act of the residents taking the law into their hands.
 
The incident just comes a month after another woman was killed in Burungu Karambi Sub County for cannibalism. Her banana plantation was also razed to the ground and the family members chased from the village.