Murder Suspect Survives Lynching at Nyendo Market

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A murder suspect who had returned to work survived lynching in Nyendo market, Masaka, on Wednesday.

A murder suspect who had returned to work survived lynching in Nyendo market, Masaka, on Wednesday.
 
The suspect Paul Munji, a shoe dealer, had been arrested June 12, 2013 in connection with the murder of fellow market vendor Christopher Kalyango. Kalyango was a banana dealer in the same market.
 
Munji is alleged to have attacked Kalyango with two accomplices Tuesday, June 11, 2013 after a bitter disagreement. Munji and his accomplices who are still on the run severely beat up Kalyango leaving him in a critical condition.
 
The two men are thought to have been rivals for the affections of one Aidah who Munji claimed was his girlfriend.
 
Kalyango died shortly after arriving at Masaka referral hospital to receive treatment. Munji was then arrested.
 
However, traders were surprised to see Munji returning to the market on Monday after court granted him bail.
 
John Ssemuju, one of the market leaders, said the traders were especially bitter to see a boastful Munji among them yet there was a lot of evidence he had a hand in the death of Kalyango.
 
It took the intervention of Masaka District Police Commander Geoffrey Kahebwa to calm angry traders who wanted to lynch Munji.
 
Kahebwa explained to the traders that court had granted Munji bail after charges of manslaughter were brought against him.
 
The explanation did not satisfy the traders who insisted Munji was no longer welcome in Nyendo market.
 
Richard Kasita, a trader, advised Munji to relocate to another market if he valued his life.
 
Following the traders threats, Kahebwa asked the market leaders to suspend Munji from the market until court pronounced itself on the charges against the suspect.