Emmy Mitala, the Mayuge Resident District Commissioner, says the security officers attempted to disperse the revellers peacefully but they switched off power and started pelting them with stones. According to Mitala, the officers retaliated by firing live ammunition in the air but a stray bullet hit Ponde in the chest.
It is alleged that the duo picked a quarrel with the Rwandan national only identified as Twizerimana for unknown reason at the bar at around 3:00am on Monday. They reportedly hacked the deceased on the face and head several times.
Alex Kayanja, one of the affected workers, says to their surprise the managers expelled some of the workers who led their colleagues to demand for a pay rise. According to Kayanja, they refused to sign the contracts because they were never given chance to read it.
Ezira Esiko, the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department at Hoima central police station, says the suspect picked a quarrel Ezekiel Cwinya, a resident of the same area on Sunday night at around 11:00pm and stabbed him to death using a sharp knife.
As a result, the residents resolved to converge in a bar opposite Hormisdallen School where they agreed on a power sharing deal, which saw Joseph Bahemuka Magimbi Amooti, an independent candidate take the chairpersons seat.