BUNDIBUGYO, UGANDA: Police in Bundibugyo District have arrested a 20-year-old man on allegations of killing his brother whom he accused of stealing cocoa pods.
The deceased identified as Vincent Tumwine had allegedly invaded the garden on Friday night to steal his brother’s cocoa pods when he was butchered to death by the suspect.
According to Ngamba Soubcounty Chairperson Mr. Siriwayo Baluku, the suspect who was guarding his garden grabbed Tumwine and started cutting him into pieces until death, and later took himself to police to confess the murder.
“He was guarding his garden and then grabbed Tumwine, and started cutting him into pieces until death. After killing his brother, he took himself to the village chairman and confessed to the killing. He later handed himself to police,” Mr Baluku said.
“The cocoa farmers are in the season of harvesting and because of theft, farmers guard their gardens. We’re telling farmers that killing someone is against the law. They should rather arrest and hand them over to police for the law to take its course,” he added.
The Bundibugyo District Police Commander (DPC), Mr Aggrey Okum revealed that police have commenced investigations into the incident.
Bundibugyo District is the leading cocoa producer in Uganda with the plant harvested twice a month from August to March. A kilogram of cocoa in Bundibugyo is now being sold at Shs6, 000.
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