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Three Killed in Village Fights

Trouble is said to have started on Sunday night when Kaladi and Muwanika led a gang of youth who thumped Ssajjabi to death at a night party at the residence of Steven Ngobi in Namalemba village.

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Three people have been killed in violent clashes between residents of Kabowa and Namalemba villages in Budondo Sub County in Jinja district. 

The deceased are Arajab Ssajjabi, a resident of Namalemba and Nicholas Kaladi and Rodgers Muwanika, both residents of Kabowa.   

Trouble is said to have started on Sunday night when Kaladi and Muwanika led a gang of youth who thumped Ssajjabi to death at a night party at the residence of Steven Ngobi in Namalemba village. 

Police intervened in the fight and picked up Ngobi for staging a night gathering without notifying authorities. 

His arrest didn’t go down well with residents of Namalemba prompting them to pick up Kaladi and Muwanika from a sugarcane plantation and lynch them on Monday night.   

Police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the angry mob in vain. 

Robinah Itaaga, the Kabowa Village Chairperson, says the fight was mainly between youth who abandoned school and resorted to marijuana smoking.   

She says that before the fight broke out, the chairpersons of both villages held meetings and warned the youth against engaging in dubious acts. 

Itaaga however, notes that parents of the affected youths haven’t been cooperative and instead accuse local leaders of conniving with police to imprison their children. 

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Moses Tibenkana, the L.C.1 chairman Namalemba faults police for failing in its mandate of keeping law and order. 

He says most of the suspects are released shortly after being arrested without going through the court process, which fuels the spirit of revenge and mob justice in the affected communities.

 

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Diana Nandawula, the Kiira Region Police spokesperson, says that three suspects are locked up at Jinja North Police division in connection to the clashes pending investigations.      

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