30 December 2009

Uganda: Four Bugiri Men Arrested Over Murder

Kampala — Four men are being held for allegedly murdering a 35-year-old man.

The Police said a former special Police constable, Zachariah Okade, Joseph Mukebu, Joseph Wandera and a security guard at Wamala Hostel in Kampala, John Otura, murdered Salim Odeke, a resident of Bumoli village, Buswale sub-county in Bugiri.

According to the eastern region Police spokesman, Iddi Ssenkumbi, the four hacked Odeke on the head with a hoe and hid his body in a bush on December 26.

Ssenkumbi said the four reportedly picked a quarrel with the victim while drinking alcohol, after his son accused him of mistreating his wife.

The suspects were arrested on Monday when local officials alerted the Police about a body that was dumped in the area.

In a related incident, the Police are holding a 38-year-old farmer in connection with the murder of his cousin.

Rogers Wepukhulu of Wabagayi village, Sibanga sub-county, allegedly hit Moses Wabuyi, a primary school teacher in Kayunga district, with a metal bar after a disagreement.

Wabuyi reportedly wanted to construct a pit-latrine at his home.

However, Wepukhulu refused the Fuso lorry truck delivering the bricks for the construction to pass through his garden.

Wabuyi forced his way through the garden and proceeded to report the matter to Sibanga Police Post.

When Wepukhulu learnt that Wabuyi had reported the matter to the Police, he hit him with a metal bar, killing him instantly.

Wabuyi's relatives attacked Wepukhulu's home and threatened to burn down his houses and kill his animals.

The Police are guarding the home to prevent any attack.

Ssenkumbi, said the suspects will be charged with murder.

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