Two Held for Setting Minor Ablaze

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It is alleged that on Friday at around 6:00pm while at Bosco garage along Rweshama stage the duo together with others still at large set the minor ablaze accusing him of stealing spare parts.

Rukungiri police are holding two mechanics from Bosco Garage accused of setting ablaze 13-year-old Bruce Ninsiima, a pupil at Rukungiri primary school. The minor is hospitalized at Nyakibale hospital in critical condition. James Kamugisha, the officer in Charge of Rukungiri Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department  identifies the suspects as Dan Kaharata and Moses Mbangira.
 
It is alleged that on Friday at around 6:00pm while at Bosco garage  along  Rweshama  stage the duo together with others still at large set the minor ablaze accusing him of stealing spare parts. The mechanics reportedly picked up Ninsiima near Pride Micro Finance offices and tied him with ropes before they set him ablaze.
 
Ninsiima was saved from burning to death by residents who rescued him and rushed him to Nyakibale Hospital with severe burns. As a result, police moved in and picked up Dan Kaharata and Moses Mbangira in connection to the mob action. Gershom Nsimomwe, the LC 3 councilor of Rwakabengo ward is the father of the minor.
 
He faults the suspects for taking the law in their hands saying if they had issues with his son they should have reported the matter to police or notified him. Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional Police spokesperson says police are hunting for more suspects so that they can face justice. He says police will not stop at sensitizing people on the dangers of mob justice and will not hesitate to arrest those who pay a deaf ear.

 

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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.