Three Family Members Held over Murder

1589 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

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The suspects are; Gilbert Arinaitwe, 32, a brother-in-law to the deceased, Mary Tumushereirwe,28, a wife to Arinaitwe and sister to the deceased, and Edward Akampurira,37, a brother to the deceased.

Police in Kabale district are holding three members of the same family for allegedly murdering a 30-year old woman Christine Aharimpisa over a land dispute.

The suspects are; Gilbert Arinaitwe, 32, a brother-in-law to the deceased, Mary Tumushereirwe,28, a wife to Arinaitwe and sister to the deceased, and Edward Akampurira,37,  a brother to the deceased. They are residents of Ahamubuga cell, Bugarama parish, Buhara Sub County in Kabale District.

The body of the deceased was discovered yesterday morning by a resident identified as Tanaziano Akankwasa. The body was lying naked under an Ovacado tree in a plantation a few meters from the deceased's home.

A police sniffer dog which led detectives to Arinaitwe's home led to the arrest of the three individuals. Residents later reported that the family had constant land wrangles.

Bugarama Local council II Chairperson, Steven Mubangizi says that the suspects have on several times accused the deceased of controlling the land left behind by their late parents instead of getting married. Mubangizi says he tried to solve wrangles on several occasions in vain.

Peter Kyarimpa, the deputy officer in-charge of criminal investigations at Kabale Central Police Station, says that the deceased's body had visible marks on the neck, confirming suspicion that she could have been strangled.

Elly Maate, the Police Spokesperson for Kigezi Region says that the suspects will appear before court to answer charges of murder. They are now detained at Kabale Central Police Station.
 
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Cases of murder resulting from land disputes have been common in Kabale district.

In July last year, Peter Rukundo, a student of Kigata high school in Kyanamira sub county, Kabale district  Killed his 78-year old grandfather identified as Daniel Munanura accusing him of failing to give him his  share on the family land.

 

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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.