Man Arrested in Zombo over SAGE Beneficiary's Murder

Police in Zombo district have arrested and detained a suspect in connection with the violent murder of  76 year old SAGE beneficiary.

Gilbert Ocircan a male adult aged 47 years and resident of Pakada trading center, Abanga Sub County Zombo district was arrested today by a team of police detectives from Paidha police station after a tip off from one Obel Jangali of the same village. 

According to information obtained from the police in Zombo, the deceased, Basil Kermundu aged 76 years of Jupaloza village Abanga Sub County in Zombo district went with others to Pakada trading center on Thursday to collect their Social Assistance Grant for the Elderly-SAGE money. 

At about 1500hours after receiving his money, Kermundu and other friends went to rest at a nearby bar until 8pm when he picked a boda boda to carry him home. 

However, the yet unknown boda boda reportedly diverted from the known route to Kermundu’s home and took another direction, according to some eyewitnesses who saw him being carried. 

Josephine Angucia the police spokesperson for West Nile confirmed the incident and disclosed that Kermundu’s body was found Friday morning at the home of his cousin.

Angucia revealed that the cousin to Kermundu upon hearing the sound of a motorcycle outside, came out to find who the person could be but only to see a body dropped and the motorcycle rider speed off in the night. 

She said upon checking the person dropped as the motorcycle rider sped off, it was found to be a lifeless Kermundu “Kermundu’s body was found with deep cut on the forehead and its suspected that the assailants could have used a blunt object to hit Kermundu on the head leading to his death,” said Angucia. 

Police has launched further investigations in to the murder as interrogations continue with the suspect in police custody. The body of Kermundu was today taken to Paidha Health Center Three for postmortem examination. 

Barely two weeks ago, six people were killed and their bodies burnt by angry locals in Paidha after they were accused of breaking in to a shop and robbing money and property worth millions of shillings. The incident has raised fears among the elderly who are beneficiaries of SAGE in the district.