By James Bariyo
Police in Mbarara is investigating circumstances under which a 38 year old man was shot dead by unknown assailants in Katooma village Ngago parish in Kagongi Sub-county Mbarara district.
On Monday evening at around 8:00 pm at Katooma trading center, unidentified armed men attacked and shot Gideon Natukunda in the chest and later used a panga to cause several cuts on his head that instantly led to his death.
The Rwizi region Police Spokesperson, Samson Kasasira confirmed the incident noting that police visited the scene and the body of the deceased was picked and taken to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital to ascertain the cause of his death.
The deceased was a renowned business man dealing in merchandise at Katooma trading centre.
Kasasira said after accomplishing the mission, the assailants did not take anything from him but instead ran to the hills of Buhweju district.
“This is the 2nd time they have persistently caused death to people in Kashari, Mbarara, we are taking it up very seriously as police to find out their motive of killing this gentleman because they just killed him and he had a phone and money but never took anything,” he said.
Kasasira noted that as police, they are working closely with the authorities in Buhweju to ensure that the culprits are brought to book and be prosecuted to court on charges of murder.
In another development, Police in Mbarara is also holding a 30 year old woman for conniving with children to kill and burying the husband’s body in a house.
Meron Kyomukama, a resident of Bunusya cell in Bunusya ward Kakiika division was arrested around town on Monday while trying to escape on hearing that police was hunting for her to answer on matters concerning the death of her husband.
The deceased was identified as Simon Katungi Kanini who went missing about two months ago from Kakiika where he was staying with his family.
His disappearance shortly followed the burning of his house at a time when his relatives from Rwampara County launched his search.
On hearing this, the deceased’s wife, his daughter Charity Atusimire and the son identified as Dickson Bemanya went into hiding prompting the relatives to suspect that they had a hand in his disappearance.
On Monday this week, police visited their former area of residence and managed to retrieve remains belonging to the deceased.
The wife was arrested from Mbarara town at a friend’s place where she was hiding while the children are still at large.
According to preliminary reports, the three killed the family head and buried him inside the house before setting it on fire to conceal evidence.
One of the family members anonymously revealed to the Kampala Post that the deceased had in the past complained of being tortured by the wife whom she accused of being reckless and messing up with other men.
The area LC 3 chairperson, Gumisiriza Kyabwisho noted that authorities in the area received reports that the family members used to beat up the deceased and would use chains to keep him tied in his home.
The chains were also discovered at the crime scene where his remains were found.
The Rwizi region police spokesperson confirmed that the suspect is being held at Mbarara Central Police Station as the children are still on run.