LUUKA, UGANDA: Fear and grief engulfed residents of Busandha village, Bukoova Town Council in Luuka district after finding their fellow resident killed and his body beheaded before dumping it in a sugarcane plantation near his home.
The body of Mukasa Alex Mwesigwa alias Mobile, 60, was discovered wrapped in two sacks on Monday morning by locals who first suspected something unusual when they found his motorcycle abandoned along the road and the deceased didn’t return home the previous night.
Elukana Kyotanalya, a brother to the deceased, says that he got information in the morning about the abandoned motorcycle of the deceased before learning about his death
.”It was at 7am and I got information that the motorcycle of Mukasa was abandoned along the road yet he didn’t return home the previous night. At the same time, we got information that he was killed and his body dumped in sugarcane plantation,” Kyotanalya said adding that upon checking the body, they found it beheaded and the head taken by the perpetrators.
Kyotanalya told Daily Express that the deceased has been having misunderstandings with some people caused by land wrangles. The land in question according to Kyotanalya is over 40 acres and it’s found at Busandha LC 1 B in Bukoova Town council.
”He has been having misunderstandings with some people on land issues which is over 40 acres at Busandha LC 1 B. One of these people threatened to stab Mukasa one day,” Kyotanalya said before adding that they suspect them to be behind the brutal murder.
Mayor Bukoova Town Council, Waiswa Peter alias Omulongo, condemned the act of brutal murder and called upon the public to refrain from behaving in a wild manner.
”It’s unfortunate that they killed my voter and a resident, in this brutal way and even proceeded to behead him. People should stop behaving in a wild way like this one,” Mr Waiswa said.
The Chairperson Bukooma Sub- county, Ngobi Benon Tibakula says that it’s not a good habit to kill someone but should at all times involve lawful means in solving matters.
”At this time we want to condemn such people with rough hearts. Even if someone annoyed you, it’s not good to kill him but you should always use lawful means to settle matters amicably,” Mr Tibakula said.
The district police commander [DPC] Luuka district, Oese John Fautine, has condemned the act amidst calling upon the community to cooperate with police to see the perpetrators arrested.
”The murderers are not from heaven but from the community, so we call upon the community to give us information about the incident which can help us in arresting those behind this brutal murder,” DPC Oese said adding that police will intensify investigations by involving the community.
”We are going to intensify investigations by involving locals because I’m getting information that there has been persistent issues of land wrangles which we ought to consider in our investigations with help of the community,” the DPC added.
Daily Express has understood that police in Luuka has since arrested five people to help them in the investigations.Those arrested are, Kigolwo Edward, the Chairperson LC 1 Busandha village and his defence secretary, Olugwebuko Simiyoni, among others.