Police in Rubirizi District are investigating circumstances under which one of the residents threw two of his children into the lake and burnt another, before ending his life.
The man identified as Hannington Nuwamanya, 32, a resident of Magogo cell in Ryeru Sub County reportedly threw the children in Lake Magogo in the wee hours of Wednesday before setting their family house ablaze. He later committed suicide by drowning into Lake Kigezi in the same area.
Sources close to the family indicate that the deceased had a disagreement with his wife Allen Nuwamanya who after reporting to the local authorities, left with their four months old baby and sought refuge at a nearby church.
Nuwamanya reportedly tried to convince the wife that he was willing to solve the misunderstanding matters before grabbing the baby from her and locking him in the house. Moments later, he set it ablaze. The dead children are Trevor Namanya, 4, Felix Niwagaba, 3 and their four months old brother.
Greater Bushenyi Regional Police Spokesperson Martial Tumusiime said that Nuwamanya planned to sell off their family land, a move that was rejected by the family members.
“Preliminary information indicate that the man has misunderstandings with the wife and other family members after they refused him to sell part of the family land. It’s unfortunate that he even killed the innocent children,” he said.
Mr Tumusiime said that the issue of selling off land should have been handled by the authorities. He urged locals to always use relevant authorities in sorting disputes.