Bukomansimbi Police are hunting for a man accused of setting his concubine's house ablaze on Boxing Day. The suspect is Jorum Mwanje, a resident of Kawooko village in Butenga Sub County in Bukomansimbi district.
Mwanje is said to have torched the house where his concubine Gorette Nalugo, 17-year-old Shaban Mbabaali and their 2-year old son, Gorette Nalugo were staying. Trouble is said to have started when Mwanje came to visit Nalugo but didn't find her home.
He reportedly got angry and tried to enter the house but was turned away by the Mbabaali, saying the person he wanted wasn't home. Mwanje is said to have left and returned with petrol, which he used to torch the house in an attempt to kill the occupants.
Edward Ssekyondwa, a neighbor to Nalugo, says they had the children raise alarm but thought it was noise from a neighboring hall where people were playing loud music.
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Nalugo says she was shocked to receive information that Mwanje had set her house ablaze in an attempt to kill her children. According to Nalugo, she was away attending to her sister who is hospitalized in Masaka.
John Magezi, the Butenga sub county LC III chairperson has condemned the incident, saying Mwanje could have settled his misunderstandings with Nalugo instead of taking it out on the children.
Magezi thanked residents who intervened in time to save the children from the burning house and appealed to those with information leading to Mwanje's arrest to provide it to police.
Sowedi Mansor, the Bukomansimbi District Police Commander, says they have launched a manhunt for Mwanje who fled into hiding after starting the fire. He says Mwanje faces charges of arson and attempted murder.