Two Held over Death of Family Head

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A 60-year-old woman and her son are in police custody in Isingiro district in connection with the death of their family head.

 A 60-year-old woman and her son are in police custody in Isingiro district in connection with the death of their family head.
Juliet Kyohirwe is suspected of having connived with Bernard Ruhimbazi, 22, to kill John Patrick Ruhimbazi. The two are residents of Kibona trading centre, Kasaana parish in Birere Sub County.
It is alleged that on April 2, 2017, Juliet Kyoheirwe reported to Birere police post that her husband had gone missing but did not show any interest in following up the matter and engaging the police in searching for him.
According to Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira, the police worked closely with the locals until Thursday when they found the body had been dumped in pit latrine.
Locals were alerted by what they called a strange smell. The police with the help of the locals dug up the pit latrine and found the deceased's headless body wrapped in a sack already decomposing.
It was at this point when the two suspects were picked up before leading police to a different destination where they had buried his head in a family banana plantation.
 Kasasira says that the suspects have confessed to killing the deceased while he was asleep after he foiled their several attempts to sell off part of the family land.
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The suspects are being held at Isingiro central police station.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.