Man hacks son to death over shs20,000

Kakumiro, (UG): The Territorial Police in the Albertine Region and Kakumiro District are holding a 32-year-old father for allegedly murdering his biological son over shs 20,000.

The suspect identified as Fred Munezero, a resident of Kakaye village in Makoma Parish in Kakumiro District is currently under detention at Kakumiro Central Police Station on charges of murder.

Munezero is said to have repeatedly hacked his son Joshua Hakizimana, 13, a pupil of Kyakaregura Primary School with a hammer while demanding where he placed the shs 20,000 he was given after selling beans.

The tragic incident happened in Kakayo parish in Kasambya sub-county on Wednesday morning.

Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, explained that on the fateful day, a yet-to-be-identified businessman came to demand beans at Munezero’s home after he had given shs 20,000 shillings to Munezero’s son after the boy purported that the father had sent him to get 20,000 shillings and would in return give him beans.

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‘’The businessman came yesterday demanding his 20,000 shillings; upon getting the information, Munezero unleashed his anger and started hitting the son with a hammer on the head, killing him instantly,” Hakiza explained.

Upon learning that Munezero had caused the death of his son, Mr Hakiza explained that the angered residents descended and started beating him only for the police to rescue him, adding that the suspect is currently detained at Kakumiro Central Police Station.

Police have since advised parents not to always make decisions out of anger but should rather get other means of solving such issues.

Kalid Baluku, a resident and neighbour said he was shocked to learn of the tragedy because he had known Munezero to be a “humble and good man”.

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Godfrey Kahwa, the LC1 chairman of the village, condemned the act.

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