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Village Chairperson Detained Over Mob Justice

Liira was rushed to Buyinda health center IV with severe injuries. He told URN on his sick bed that Balangaile got furious after spotting him with his daughter whose names have been withheld.
Kaliro police are holding Steven Balangaile, the LC I Chairperson of Bumanya village in Buyinda Sub County over mob justice.

It is alleged that Balangaile together with his friend, Wilson Babeli raised alarm calling upon residents to lynch, Joel Liira a UPDF soldier who was riding on a motorcycle registration number UEE 540 J.

 

Residents thumped Liira and vandalized his motorcycle before he was rescued. Balangaile reportedly got a sack of charcoal and tied it around Liira's back before rushing to file a case of theft at Bumanya police post where he was arrested as a prime suspect.

 

Liira was rushed to Buyinda health center IV with severe injuries. He told URN on his sick bed that Balangaile got furious after spotting him with his daughter whose names have been withheld.

 

"I started dating his daughter when I was still in school but when Balangaile heard that am a soldier he dismissed the relationship and has masterminded many attacks on my life. But this time he went over board and I want justice to prevail," he said.

 

David Aggii, the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Department at Kaliro central police station, says investigations into the matter are ongoing, saying the suspect will appear before courts of law.

Adding that "some of these village chairpersons have usurped a lot of authority and are the main catalysts of mob justice in the district.”

 

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