Monday August 11 2014

Grave vandal killed in police shoot out

By Dan Wandera

A prime suspect involved in grave vandalism was on Saturday killed in Luweero Town Council in a shoot out as the police patrol unit tried to intercept a motorcycle on which he was traveling with others.

Savana region police spokesperson Mr Lameck Kigozi identified the dead as John Muwumbya, a resident of Nakaseke Sub-county in Nakaseke District.

Muwumbya was travelling with Umal Kabanda, a traditional healer who owns a shrine at Nabagaaya village in Luweero Sub-county.

“The suspected grave vandals who, were riding on a motorcycle engaged police in a gun battle after we tried to stop them on Kasiiso road in Luweero Town Council. One of the suspects who had a gun managed to escape and is still at large,” Mr Kigozi said.

Recovered skulls
The police recovered human remains including a skull from the suspects, a hammer, two hoes sharp metallic objects believed to have been used in vandalising a grave at Nambeere village in Kamira Subcounty where remains of one, Moses Ssebyala were exhumed.

According to Mr Fred Mutebi, the Maazi village defence secretary, the suspected grave vandals target skulls that they dig out of their graves.

Dug out graves
“Last year the grave of Fabian Lubega Amuli was vandalised and his body parts taken away in November 2013 from the same grave yard where this incident has happened. We are wondering how these people vandalise a grave of a person we buried in February,” Mr Mutebi said.
Kamira Sub-county chairman Mr Livingstone Kategaya said grave the vandals have caused fear in the area.

Luweero District Police Commander Justus Asiimwe said the force was hunting for the other suspect now on the run.

Targeted parts
The suspects who have been vandalising a number of graves in Luweero District target skulls and other body parts. They were found with a number of tools that allegedly they have been using to exhume bodies from graves.