Minors camp at district offices
Posted Thursday, March 14 2013 at 02:00
The two children say they want compensation for their father who was killed by a former Mbarara Municipality employee.
Two minors have camped at Mbarara District headquarters demanding for compensation over the death of their father who was allegedly shot dead by a Local Defence Unit officer in 2003.
Mr Ahamad Kahima was in 2005 charged with manslaughter after he pleaded guilty to killing Francis Asingwire, and was sentenced to six months in jail, having spent two-and-a-half years on remand.
Asingwire’s children are now aged 12, 11 and 9. The eldest says they have not been attending school for two years, and also have nothing to eat.
The eldest child, said they would not leave the district headquarters where they have been camping since Monday.
“We are going to remain here even if it means dying, we want to go back to school,’’ she told Daily Monitor from the entrance to the district administration block where she sat with her young sister.
When contacted for comment on the matter, the Mbarara District chief administrative officer, Mr David Lubuuka, declined to comment.
”You interview them, they will tell you what they want, but I am not commenting,’’ Mr Lubuuka said.
In 2003, Asingwire went to the LC I offices at the municipality to report a case of theft.
The office dispatched Mr Kahima to effect the arrest. But during the arrests, the suspects allegedly fought him and in the scuffle he reportedly shot dead Asingwire.