Man Kills Trader Over UGX 5000

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In short
Brian Walusimbi is currently detained at Luweero Central Police Station on allegations of killing Richard Kigozi the banana trader and resident of Kasana Kavule zone in Luweero town.

A man has been arrested in Luweero for killing a trader for failing to pay him 5000 shillings.
The suspect Brian Walusimbi is currently detained at Luweero Central Police Station.
His victim has been identified as Richard Kigozi, a banana trader and resident of Kasana Kavule zone in Luweero town
Walusimbi was arrested in Kireku village, Kikyusa Sub County, Luweero.
Walusimbi's arrest followed joint effort by aggrieved residents and police who tracked him down to his hideout.
Kigozi was found dead on September 30, 2014.
In custody, Walusimbi admitted to killing Kigozi. However, Walusimbi insisted that he had not intended to kill Kigozi.
Walusimbi explained that Kigozi had approached him with an offer to pay him 5000 shillings per day if Walusimbi managed to locate buyers for Kigozi's bananas (matooke).
Walusimbi said that after two days of work, Kigozi changed his mind and declined to pay up insisting that he had not got enough customers. In a fit of anger, Walusimbi attacked Kigozi with a log and hit him on the head killing him instantly.
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Although Walusimbi sent apologies to Kigozi's family over the death of their kin, they have rejected his version of events.
Kigozi's wife Catherine Nalwoga said that not only did Walusimbi kill her husband, he also robbed him of 150, 000 shillings which the deceased had on him.
Kigozi's brother-in-law Fred Mayambala added that Walusimbi also stole Kigozi's motorcycle UEB 795R. He said that Kigozi had been hit several times indicating intent to kill him.
Kigozi is survived by his pregnant wife Nalwoga and their three children.
The Luweero Criminal Investigation Department Boss Topher Gimei told the press that Walusimbi would be charged with murder. He said that their investigations indicated that Walusimbi's action was premeditated.
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Motorcycle thefts are rampant in Luweero with riders often killed by their attackers. Suspected motorcycle thieves are often lynched by angry residents dissatisfied with police response.


About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.