A suspected goat thief has died in the army detach at Habitat cell
in Kamaiba Ward in Kasese town.
The deceased is 30-year-old Edson Nzabalha, a
resident of Temangalo Cell in Central Division in Kasese municipality.
Biira Mafuta, the area LC III councilor, says Nzabalha was picked up on suspicion of
stealing two goats over the weekend.
She however, says on Monday residents saw soldiers
behaving in a suspicious manner, in an attempt to transport Nzabalha’s body to
He says the area LC I
chairperson went to the detach only to return
and confirm Nzabalha’s demise.
Mafuta says they learnt that Nzabalha had been
arrested the previous day on the recommendations of the LC I chairperson, Hamada
Njima on suspicion of being a thief.
She says Njima told her that Nzabalha
had been arrested in possession of two goats believed to have been stolen.
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Njima declined to comment on the matter and
quickly jumped on a Boda boda when our reporter approached him. URN couldn’t independently
verify if Nzabalha had indeed been arrested with stolen goats.
Kighina, a resident of Temangalo wondered why the suspect was taken to an army
facility instead of being handed to police, which is charged with the duty of
investigating crime and prosecuting suspects.
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Captain Masumbuko Ssonko, the UPDF Spokesperson
claims Nzabalha committed suicide in the holding cells. Ssonko said the suspect
used his trouser to hang himself.
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Asked why the deceased was detained at the army
facility, the UPDF mouthpiece said police and the army normally work together
and in some cases agree that the UPDF temporarily holds suspects especially
during the night awaiting transfer to police the following the day.
But according to Mafuta, the deceased was
arrested around 3PM in the afternoon on Sunday. Rwenzori East Regional
Police is yet to make a statement on the matter.