Three Brothers Held for Killing Own Father Over Land Top story

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The suspects are believed to have killed their 60-year-old father Francis Nuwagira, a resident of Kagaaga in Kasagama Sub County and buried his body in a ditch.

Lyantonde police are holding three brothers including a minor accused of killing their father over land. Two of the suspects are The Dosan Byebembezi, Gideon Nuwagira. The identity of the third victim has been withheld because he is a minor. The suspects are believed to have killed their 60-year-old father Francis Nuwagira, a resident of Kagaaga in Kasagama Sub County and buried his body in a ditch. Nuwagira allegedly went missing on October 15th.
Juliet Kyemutetera, the mother of the suspects says that she went to visit her parents in Kiruhura district but when she returned on October 18th her sons informed her that their father was missing. Kyemutetera however, says that she got rumors from her neighbors that Nuwagira was heard raising an alarm on October 15th before he went silent. As a result, Kyemutetera immediately reported the matter to police leading to the arrest of the suspects. According to Kyamutetera, her sons have been involved in a feud with their father over a two acre piece of land.
She claims that the suspects attempted to kill her husband last month when he sold half an acre of land claiming that he had refused to give them their share of the money. According to police, during interrogation, the 12-year-old suspect revealed that his elder brothers hacked their father and secretly buried his body in Kiruhura.

The minor led police to a farm belonging to Aaron Kurikiira, where the body was exhumed on Wednesday. Noah Sserunjoji, the greater Masaka Region Spokesperson says the postmortem report shows that the deceased was hit with a blunt object on the forehead. He also says they found a rope around his neck indicating that the suspects could have strangled the deceased.
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Ruth Kansiime, the Lyantonde Criminal Investigations officer says two of the suspects have confessed to killing their father. She however says Dosan Byebembezi has refused to say anything since their arrest. She says they are still conducting further inquiries before sending the file to the state attorney for advice.

Pulkeria Muhindo, the Lyantonde RDC says land disputes are the leading cause of domestic violence in the district. She recently told Uganda Radio network that her office is overwhelmed by land disputes, many of which have led to bloodshed.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.