Rev Stephen Munvaneza, a retired priest is nursing wounds at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, after he was hacked by his biological son over land on Wednesday afternoon.
On his hospital bed, the priest narrates that he was seated with other residents at Murimba Primary School in Nyabigori Village, Katooma Parish, as they waited for surveyors, when his 23-year-old son Bosco Arinda attacked him.
He says Arinda started insulting residents and asking why they wanted to buy his father’s land.
“I tried to explain to him what was going on, but he was armed with a machete. He attacked me and cut me on the head, face and neck with that sharp object,” Munvaneza narrates.
Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson, says Munvaneza was saved by residents who overpowered Arinda and confiscated the machete.
He says Arinda is currently being held at Kabale Police Station.
Maate says preliminary investigations indicate that Arinda was under the influence of Marijuana and alcohol when he attacked his father.
“While he was seated with others waiting for surveyors to survey his land, the son emerged with a panga, he looked strange and wild, and we suspect that he could have taken opium. He did it without any fear or favour of the father,” he said.
Maate adds that the suspect faces charges of attempted murder once police investigations are complete under SD/74/21/08/2019.
“It is good that the suspect found his father with other people who helped out and over powered him. They were both brought here at Kabale Police Station. The suspect is being detained and the father was rushed to Kabale Referral Hospital for further management.”
He however condemned the act, saying, “Whether he thought his father intended to sell the land, they could have sat on a round table and discussed the issue, or he could have used relevant offices.”
While in detention, Arinda said that Rev. Munvaneza was selling the land to one of the residents and they had converged to write an agreement.
He says that he cut his father out of anger because he had earlier warned him against selling the land in question, since there is no valid reason to sell it off.