Land Wrangle Cited in Rakai Traditional Healer's Killing

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Relatives of a traditional healer who was killed last week with his wife in Rakai district say he could have been killed over a 30-year land dispute.

Relatives of a traditional healer who was killed last week with his wife in Rakai district say he could have been killed over a 30-year land dispute.
 
Sande Kagolo, the chairperson of traditional healers in Rakai district, was last Friday killed with his wife Cissy Nakalawa by unknown persons who broke into their house. The killers slit the couple's throats.
 
The Kagolos’ were residents of Kyabakazi in Kigamba subcounty.
 
The suspicions were revealed to the Police Director of Operations Grace Turyagumanawe has pitched camp in Kagamba sub-county today.
 
Regina Nalweyiso told police that her brother Sande Kagolo has had a long running land dispute with his neighbor Eliab Rugansimbana over a 12 acre piece of land. The two men each claimed ownership and they were excavating marrum for feeder roads. 
 
She claims Sande Kagolo bought the land in 1983 and constructed a small mud wattle house on it. But when he decided to construct a bigger house on the land in 2010, Eliab Rugansimbana started claiming ownership of the land.
 
Vice Chairman of Kagamba subcounty, Messarch Ssentaayi says that Kagolo had reported several times threats to life over the land. Ssentaayi says that at some point the threats to Kagolo's life were so serious that he was provided with security for one month.
 
Police operations director Turyagumanawe says that such threats in future will be taken seriously. He also formally opened an incident post at Kagolo's home where police can gather information from the community.
 
He says police is going to recruit crime preventers in Kagamba and Lwamagwa subcounty and urged the residents to work closely with the police to help bring in the killers.
 
Turyagumanawe says police has deployed more intelligence officers to gather information on the killings.
 
The killing of the traditional healer and his wife has sparked fresh fears that police may have failed to apprehend a gang of killers roaming the district.
 
14 people have killed in and around Rakai district in similar circumstances since January 2013. Police is still investigating those incidents too.