Tension In Rwampara As Locals Attack Suspected Killers' Homes

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Tension is high in Nyeihanga parish, Rwampara County in Mbarara district after residents launched a revenge attack on families of suspected killers. Three businessmen have so far been killed by either shooting or use of iron bars in Nyeihanga since the year began. The latest victim was Charles Kakuru, who was killed by unknown assailants on Monday.

Tension is high in Nyeihanga parish, Rwampara County in Mbarara district after residents launched a revenge attack on families of suspected killers.
 
Three businessmen have so far been killed by either shooting or use of iron bars in Nyeihanga since the year began.  The latest victim was Charles Kakuru, formerly working as the area head of security. Unknown assailants on Monday night broke into Kakuru’s shop in Bungereza village and hacked him to death before taking off with shop merchandise and cash.
 
Three of Kakuru’s village mates Mulema Byamukama, Rogers Byamugisha and Buteera Kobwemi were later arrested in connection with his death.  They are currently being detained at Mbarara Central Police Station as investigations into the killing continue.
 
But this did not satisfy the rest of the community members who on Friday launched a revenge attack on the families of the suspects. Robert Mugizi, a resident say his neighbours first looted shop merchandise and household properties before torching several permanent and semi-permanent houses, a car, motorcycles and banana plantations.
 
Anti-riot police personnel from Nyeihanga police post along the Mbarara-Kabale road attempted to contain the irate residents but were over powered. It took the intervention of police from Mbarara regional headquarters to disperse the locals.
 
Lauben Mujuni, the in-charge Nyeihanga police post told URN on Friday afternoon that though police managed to restore sanity in the area properties worth millions of shillings have been lost. Mujuni says a man-hunt for all the people who took part in the destruction of properties has been launched.
 
He says after being arrested they will be charged with malicious damage to property, arson and theft.
 
Ian Kakuru, the Mbarara district officer in charge of criminal investigations has condemned the acts and blamed it on the influence of Marijuana, opium and alcohol.