Residents Protest Release of Notorious Drug Dealer

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Muyumbu village chairperson Valence Byarugaba, says that the release of Willy Ngabirano, a notorious drug dealer, has angered the community.

Residents of Muyumbu village in Kyanamira Sub County, Kabale district are angered by the release of Willy Ngabirano, a notorious drug dealer who had been arrested last month.

Ngabirano, was arrested on June 21 by residents and handed over to police. He was however released on June 24, and went back to the community under what residents said were unclear circumstances.

Kabale Chief Magistrate Court records indicate that the suspect was granted bail on June 24 and reappeared in court on July 5, when the case was adjourned for two weeks.

But his release has infuriated residents who now say they have lost confidence in police.

Muyumbu village chairperson Valence Byarugaba says residents arrested Ngabirano because he was recruiting youth from the village into his illegal activity.
 
According to Muyumba, the dealer is now free and has resumed operations.

James Betonde, one of the residents has asked police to re-arrest the suspect and keep him out of the community. He says that there is enough evidence to pin the suspect.


Meanwhile religious leaders have petitioned Kyanamira Sub County LCV Councillor Bridget Tumwesigye asking the district leadership to intervene in the matter.

 Tumwesigye called the release of the suspect "unfortunate."
 
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At Kabale Police Station, the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department - CCID Henry Alyang, told Uganda Radio Network that the suspect was released by court. 

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