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Rakai Murder Survivors Receive Special Police Protection

The six survivors and witnesses in the recent murder that occurred at Kisunku village in Lwankoni Sub-county-Rakai district have been given special protection following the arrest of the key suspect in the case.
The six survivors and witnesses in the recent murder that occurred at Kisunku village in Lwankoni Sub-county-Rakai district have been given special protection following the arrest of the key suspect in the case.

 

The killings occurred last week on Monday leaving one Stella Kyomuhwezi (21) dead and four other members of the family badly injured while two escaped unhurt.

 

Since the incident, police has continued to patrol the home of the survivors to give them protection from possible fresh attacks by other assailants who are still at large.

 

According to Taban Chiriga, the District Criminal Investigations Officer, they managed to arrest Richard Lubaale, who is the victims’ immediate neighbour and prime suspect in the case following claims that he had threatened their lives prior to the incident.

 

He explains that the attack stemmed from a long standing dispute over one acre of land between Lubaale and the victims’ family.

 

However, Chiriga explains that they are still monitoring the victims’ home while detectives pursue more accomplices in the case. He added that before they arrest all the suspects, the survivors or witnesses would remain under their watch for safety. 

 

He appeals to residents with vital information that can help in the ongoing investigations to avail it in time so as to prosecute the suspects in courts of law.

 

John Kyayi whose family was attacked also confirmed that police's presence saying they make regular patrols and visits at his home to find out the security situation there.

 

Maria Golodiano Muggagga, the Kisunku LCI Chairman also says the police intensified its regular rounds in the village which has restored some calm.

 

The survivors who were badly injured in the attack include Joseph Ssempijja (23) and John Ssegayi (6), Brian Ssemanda (26) and Dimintiriya Naluwugge (10) while their mother Mauricia Nabayunga and her 7-year-old son escaped unhurt.

 

The injured were rushed to Hope of Holy Family Clinic in Kalisizo town. Ssempijja and Ssegayi were discharged on Tuesday last week while Ssemanda and Naluwugge are still under serious medical attention. 

 

According to Dr. Fulgensio Mwebe, the proprietor of the hospital, Naluwugge and Ssemanda are making steady recovery and will soon be discharged at an appropriate time to reunite with their family.

 

He says that they have enough security at the hospital where no enemy can attack the victims adding that they are even safer because of the presence of their family care takers.

 

Mwebe says that they are still monitoring the condition of the remaining survivors to ensure that they recover quickly.

 

Kyomuhwezi, an in-law and a resident of Rusheshe in Kiruhura district, had gone to visit the family when the attack occurred.

 

The attackers used a huge stone to break the wooden-back door in before they entered to hack the occupants with machetes.

 

Chiriga says that they are investigating the matter under CRB 360/14 and still looking for other killers.

 

Since his arrest, Lubaale has persistently pleaded his innocence insisting he could not hurt John Kyayi’s family despite the history of their misunderstandings over land.

 

Sources close to the case have said that police has arrested another male suspect in connection which brings the number of suspects to two currently.

 

However, they declined to reveal his details of the new suspect. 

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