To avenge the death of a local council chairperson who died in a bar brawl in Kagadi town council, his relatives have set fire to more than 10 properties. Geoffrey Byaruhanga, 47, the former LC1 chairperson of Nyamigisa cell in Mpeefu town council, died after a fight in a local bar on Friday last week.
For an unexplained reason, Byaruhanga allegedly got into a fight with Wilberforce Nsibomwana, a local resident, resulting in a brawl. Byaruhanga was struck in the head by Nsibomwana and was brought to Kagadi General Hospital, leading Nsibomwana to run into hiding.
The deceased’s relatives ganged up with other residents on Monday evening and attacked Nsibomwana’s family. They set fire to over ten homes, destroyed crop gardens, and slaughtered a number of animals, including goats and cows.
His 60-year-old mother, Nahome Nabasa, was also hacked and badly injured, with cuts to her forehead and face. With severe wounds, she is brought to St. Ambrose charity health centre IV in Kagadi town. Nabasa told URN from her hospital bed that she was only able to survive because of God’s grace.
The LC 3 chairperson of Mpeefu sub-county, Robert Nkwasiibwe, has urged the deceased’s family and relatives to remain quiet as police deal with the situation. The search for the main suspect is still ongoing, according to Kenneth Bakashaba, the Kagadi District Police Commander.
He slammed the deceased’s family and relatives for enacting mob justice, claiming it was uncalled for. No one has been apprehended as a result of the attack.