Tuesday July 8 2014

Kasese district chair survives lynching by angry mob

Religious leaders and members of the community

Religious leaders and members of the community burry some of the members that were killed in the attack. Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo was driven away by an angry mob when he showed up for burial PHOTO BY COLLEN MUGUME  

By Ruth Katushabe

Kasese District Chairman Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo has survived lynching by a group of Basongora.

The incident occurred in Bigando village, Kitswamba sub-county when he arrived at the burial of some of the people who were killed on Saturday night.

Lt. Col. Mawa was not allowed to take a seat as stick wielding youths started hitting the windscreens of his car. He was only saved by his driver who started the vehicle and took off.

The group reportedly hurled insults at Muhindo, accusing him of spending the entire weekend in Bundibugyo district when his district was in mourning.

The funerals in Bigando area were for ten of the eleven people who were killed by attackers on Saturday. They include the family of Corporal Grace Nabimanya a UPDF veteran who was burnt together with his three children.

Deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye says 75 deaths are of suspected attackers, 11 are civilians, five police officers and five soldiers. Another four police officers and 11 civilians were injured.

Police said the soldiers were killed when the assailants attacked a military facility in Kanyamwirima in Bundibugyo District.

Ms Namaye says the attackers were coordinated by local leaders and politicians, who are yet to be summoned for interrogation. “Investigations are pointing to area politicians and a witchdoctor who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo who helped them attack out stations,” Ms Namaye said.