More than 200 Villagers Storm Mbarara Police Station

1991 Views Mbarara, Uganda

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Police picked up Bunuzi who has been involved in a land wrangle with the deceased for questioning

More than 200 residents of Kasyojwa village in Rwampara County have stormed Mbarara Central Police Station to protest the arrest of three suspects for their involvement in mob justice. Patrick Muhwezi, Raphael Tumuturaki and Benon Ndyanabo were picked up on Monday after they led a mob to destroy the property of Charles Nuwamanya Bunuzi, a prime suspect in the murder of Deus Agaba, a local businessman.

Agaba was hacked to death together with Julius Mubangizi by unknown assailants on Friday last week. Police picked up Bunuzi who has been involved in a land wrangle with the deceased for questioning. However, his relatives led by Patrick Muhwezi, Raphael Tumuturaki and Benon Ndyanabo descended on his home and destroyed his property. As a result, police swung into action and picked up the ring leaders of the mob, drawing angry reactions from their relatives.  

On Tuesday morning, more than 200 residents of Kasyojwa village trekked a distance of about 15 kilometers to Mbarara Police Station to protest the manner in which their village mates were picked up. They also demanded that police hands over Bunuzi for mob action and vowed not to leave the police station until their demands are met. Eve Tumwesigye, leader of the group said that they stormed the police station to express their dissatisfaction with the manner in which their relatives were arrested and bundled onto a police pickup at night without any explanation given to members of their families.

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 It took the intervention of Martin Abilu, the south western regional police commander who warned the angry residents to desist from taking the law into their hands saying that, all the suspects will be prosecuted.
 
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Abilu later succumbed to pressure from the angry residents and ordered the release of the mob suspects on police bond.