KAMPALA, (UG): Police on Monday said the MP for Buwekula County, Hon Pascal Mbabazi and the Mubende LC5 Chairperson Muhereza Michael Ntambi were summoned to record statements over an incitement of violence which led to the gruesome murder of a couple over land issues in the district.
The tragic incident which the duo are accused of fueling took place last month on July 31, at Kirwanyi Village, Kiruma Sub County Mubende District when a 54-year-old woman, Milly Naava Namutebi, and her 53-year-old husband, Abdullah Kayizi, were brutally murdered at around 8 am as they went to the garden with their two children (who escaped and survived).
In the aftermath of investigations, police say so far five suspects have been apprehended concerning the double murder as well as summoning the two area politicians for questioning over their alleged role in the violence that led to the murder of a couple and the attempted murder of their two children.
Additionally, the task team has also recorded a statement from the LC3 chairperson, Kiruma Sub-county, in Mubende district, Ahimbisibwe Steven over the same, according to a statement by Police Spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga.
“The crime investigations and crime intelligence teams have summoned the Member of Parliament and the LC5 chairperson for statement recording over alleged acts of conspiracy to murder and violence. Some of these local leaders had their relatives who were tilling on this land and participated in the murder,” Enanga said on Monday morning.
The five suspects according to Enanga include; Tumusiime Benjamin, Rukundo Prince alias Muhwezi, Birija Job, Kakaire Zainab and Basemeire Milly, who were charged to court on Saturday, August 11, 2033, on charges of murder, and attempted murder and for being accessories after the fact of muster.
“They were remanded to Kaweri prison, till 15, September 2023,” he added.
Preliminary investigations indicate that on July, 30, when workers of Milly Namutebi, the landlady for a piece of land measuring three square miles went to till the land to prepare for the upcoming rains, they were blocked by squatters led by Benjamin Tumusiime.
It is alleged that Tumusiime’s group later asked the workers of Namutebi to tell her of an upcoming meeting to help resolve the land wrangle which had been organized the following day on July,31.
The workers informed the landlady Naava that Benjamin Tumusiime had invited her to see how they could get to an understanding of how they could go ahead with tilling their gardens.
“When the landlady together with her husband, Abdallah Kayizzi went to meet Tumusiime, the group had already prepared for them. They made an alarm and phone calls inviting other squatters with sticks, pangas, bows and stones,” Enanga said, adding that the landlady and her husband were killed on the spot as their two children fled the scene.
The police spokesperson said whereas five people including Benjamin Tumusiime, the prime suspect were charged and remanded over murder, 11 other people are being looked for over their participation in the murder.
“We do strongly condemn such blatant acts of impunity in the community, where innocent lives are lost over property. Their tragic death has left an enormous gap in the lives of all their family and friends. Efforts are in place to track down all the suspects still at large and ensure they are brought to book,” the police spokesperson earmarked.