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RDC: My guards killed two in self-defense, summoned

By Francis Otucu

MITYANA- Mityana Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Isha Ntumwa and his guards have been summoned to record statement at the Central Police Station, Mityana.

This after Friday night shooting involving Ntumwa’s guards and eight family members which left two dead and another seriously injured.

Regional Police spokesman Norbert Ochom confirmed summonses.

Earlier, Ochom said the DPC and and district homicide team had visited the scene and recovered five bullet cartridges and also recorded statements from some witnesses.

BACKGROUND

According to eye witnesses, the killing of Lasto Ssenjanja, 17 and Vincent Kasozi, 22 started when the guards tried to rescue eight family members of the late Glaozio Magala from an angry mob that attempted to lynch them.

“The family of the late Magala and that of Byaruhanga had misunderstandings and when the Mr Ntumwa arrived, he found a group of people at the meeting venue .They [residents] became unruly and a group of youth moved closer to his vehicle where some members of Magala family had sought refuge, and attempted to attack them .In the process, the guards opened fire, killing two people,” Moses Musoke , an eye witness is quoted by the Daily Monitor.

According to Ntumwa, eight members of the late Magala’s family went to his office and registered a complaint that members of Byaruhanga’s family had accused them of practicing witchcraft and were threatening to harm them.

“I decided to go to the village with police and my security guards to have a reconciliation   meeting between the two warring families. On arrival, the group that had gathered at the meeting venue, tried to pull eight members of Magala’s family out of my vehicle,” he said. “They hurled stones at my security guards and in the process, they [security guards] fired bullets which accidentally killed two people,” he said.

He said the guards fired bullets in self-defence because the mob had attacked them.

Harriet Namatta was also left injured in the shooting. She is nursing gunshot wounds at Mityana General Hospital.

The incident occurred last evening at Gema Trading Centre in Bulera Sub-county, where Ntumwa had gone to intervene in a disagreement between two families.

This after a disagreement stemming from allegations of witchcraft that reportedly led to the death of the area councilor, Edward Ndyanabo, last month.

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