Rakai Man 22, Attacked, Torched To Death

John Mukaaya 22 was alone in the house when he was attacked this (Wednesday) morning at 2am. Residents say that the attackers spilled petrol in the house and lit it while he was asleep.
09 Sep 2020 15:46

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The police in Rakai are investigating a gruesome incident in which a young man in Lukondo village in Kamukalo parish, Byakanda sub-county was attacked by unknown assailants and torched him.

It is said that John Mukaaya 22was alone in the house when he was attacked on Wednesday morning at 2am. Residents say that the attackers spilled petrol in the house and lit it while he was asleep.   His neighbours who responded to his alarm reached the house when he was critically burnt and unconscious.

According to Siraje Kato Mujuzi, the Chairman Kakakata the next village and colleague to the deceased, they rushed him to Rakai hospital which referred him to Kitovu hospital.   Mujuzi adds that Kitovu hospital also referred him to Mulago National Referral Hospital but he died on the way. He says that the ambulance transported the body to Lukondo village.  

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Police reached the scene this morning and were informed that the deceased allegedly had an affair with the wife of a fellow resident, one 40-year old Juuko.

Mukaaye’s father Joseph Kizza, says his son was peaceful and always avoided trouble.    He explains that the allegations about his affair with another man's wife are still baseless adding that if they were true he would have lodged a complaint against him.

According to Ben Niwamanya, the Rakai Police Commander, the assailants climbed the house and used the ring-beam opening to spill petrol on Mukaaya who was in deep sleep.   He adds that the whole house caught fire but the neighbours quickly rescued him, though he died later.   He explains that a post mortem was done at the deceased’s home and police allowed his family members to proceed with the burial.   ASP Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson, says they have arrested Jjuuko following reports that he has always threatened Mukaaya. 

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He adds that they are detaining Jjuuko at Rakai Police Station as investigations continue. 

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However, Jjuuko denied the accusations and declined to talk more about the incident.