Residents of Kisilira Village, Busedde Sub-county in Jinja District in eastern Uganda have been left in fear following the discovery of the body of a 60-year-old man with one of his hands chopped off.
The body of David Sembera, suspected to have been killed two days ago, was on Monday evening discovered lying on the kitchen floor by one of the neighbours.
The deceased is believed to have been boiling water in the kitchen when his assailants struck. According to locals, Sembera had no wife and was staying alone.
Ms Rukia Badiru, a resident, thinks the attackers first scalded their victim with the water he was boiling before chopping of his left hand with a machete.
“He had burns and multiple cuts on the body, suggesting that he was first burnt with hot water before his left hand was chopped off,” Ms Badiru said.
Police officers from Kakira Police Station visited the scene and said their findings suggested that nothing was stolen from the Sembera’s house.
The Kakira Division District Police Commander, Mr James Wamunyerere, said a manhunt for the assailants is underway.
“The assailants are suspected to have cut him using a machete. We condemn the act because no one has a right to take the life of another,” Mr Wamunyerere said.
He added that the reason behind the gruesome murder is still unknown but appealed to members of the public to help police with relevant information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.
The body of the deceased was taken to Jinja hospital mortuary for autopsy.