Nakasongola man killed three days after receiving death threats over land dispute

Nakasongola, (UG): The Police in Nakasongola District are actively investigating the brutal murder of a resident which came just hours after a farm manager on a disputed 5 square mile land confronted the victim’s family with death threats.

The deceased identified as Dan Ssebyala iss aid to have been waylaid by suspected machete-wielding men in Ndaiga Village as he returned home from the Trading Centre at around 9:30pm on Monday night.

Ndaiga village defence chief, Mr Erimiya Ssenoga confirmed the incident and said Ssebyala’s body was recovered at 1am the next day (Tuesday morning).

“We recovered the lifeless body of our own, a few metres from his home. The assailants likely waylaid him as he got back home. Ssebyala is among the many residents whose land was recently fenced off by a landlord, but he has been resisting the eviction,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Mr Sam Twineamazima, the Savannah Region Police spokesperson, said the police team, including the scene of crime officers, are on the ground to thoroughly investigate the matter.

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The gruesome murder of Ssebyala come just three days after DailyMonitor on Thursday carried a story where he was exhibiting the spent bullet shells recovered at his home when private security guards reportedly trying to enforce an eviction, fired several gunshots in the air on October 11, 2023.

The guards according to the Monitor Story were reportedly acting on behalf of their boss, Mr Jotham Mafende, who owns the disputed five square mile piece of land stretching through six villages in Lwabyata Sub-county.

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Nakasongola District chairperson Sam Kigula has since visited the area to defuse tension as residents threatened to avenge the death of one of their own whose death is linked to the land dispute involving a landlord and more than 3,000 residents.

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