KABALE, UGANDA: Police in Kabale district are investigating circumstances under which a Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) soldier was discovered dead in a suspected murder case.
The deceased has been identified as Private Patrick Byamukama, a UPDF soldier attached to the 41st Battalion under the 3rd Division and a born of Kanyabiyengo village in Kinyamari Parish, Butanda sub-county, Kabale district, southwestern Uganda.
According to Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson, ASP Elly Maate, the gruesome incident occurred at a distance of approximately 1 km from the Uganda-Rwanda border on Tuesday when the deceased, who was on pass leave from the army was attacked from his home at Kanyabiyengo village for unknown reasons.
He said in the incident, Byamukama was stabbed with a sharp object in the stomach and was rushed to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, only to be pronounced dead on arrival.
Police confirmed that in the aftermath of the incident, two suspects were arrested to help in investigations.
Maate identified the suspects as Herbert Katagamba, 32, and Gilvazio Bategana, 29, who voluntarily handed themselves to the Butanda Police Post for fear of being lynched after their hats and sticks were found at the crime scene.
Maate added that three houses belonging to the suspects were burned down by the angry residents before the police and UPDF deployed there to avoid further destruction of property.
The case was registered at Kabale Central Police Station under reference number CRB 411/2023.
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