Prominent Money Lender Hacked to Death in Kabale

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Unknown people stormed the home of Joram Kyesimire in Kabanyonyi trading centre, Kanjobe parish, Kyanamira Sub County at about 9:30pm and put the money lender and his wife at gun point before using a machete to hack him to death.

Police in Kabale is investigating circumstances under which a prominent money lender in the area was hacked to death on Sunday night.

Unknown people stormed the home of Joram Kyesimire in Kabanyonyi trading centre, Kanjobe parish, Kyanamira Sub County at about 9:30pm and put the money lender and his wife at gun point before using a machete to hack him to death.

Thirty-two year old Kyesimire was with his wife Phionah Kyesimire in their sitting room at the time of the attack.

Phionah told Uganda Radio Network that the assailants who were five in number asked them to lie down before they started hacking her husband and running away thereafter.

She says that her husband was cut several times on the head, neck and chest. Kyesimire becomes the second money lender in Kabale district to be killed by unknown assailants.

In 2010, Jack Banturaki, a prominent money lender in Kabale town, was also killed under unclear circumstances. Banturaki’s death was later linked to people to whom he had given money and taken their plot after they failed to pay back 2 million shillings.

Moses Otunga, an area resident told URN that the money lender might have also been killed by some of his clients who failed to pay back his money.


Elly Maate, the Kigezi region police spokesperson told URN that police is trying to find out how the assailants gained access to the house as the gate was found intact. Maate says that the police sniffer dog could not lead them to the culprits since the scene had been tampered with but adds that investigations are ongoing.

Money lenders in the districts of Kabale, Mbarara, Rukungiri and Bushenyi have been accused of defrauding people of property after failing to pay back high interest rates loans.

In March 2012, Police in Kabale arrested Robert Nabasa, a prominent money lender in Kabale town, after he allegedly kidnapped Leopold Miziga Mazembe, a local council one chairperson for Bunomba Village in Kyanamira Sub County. Mazembe had reportedly refused to endorse the sale of a piece of land mortgaged to Nabasa by an area resident identified as Grace Mugisha. Mugisha had failed to pay back shillings one million she had received from the money lender.

Money lenders have been making their clients to sign agreements indicating that they have sold off their properties which they put as mortgage and the money lenders take the properties at a very cheap price upon delay by the client to pay back the money.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.