UGANDA, Mukono | Real Muloodi News | Police in Mukono have arrested 40 people for illegally demolishing a house belonging to Maj Mark Wanyama at the Nalubaale landing site in Mpunge Sub-County, Mukono District.
The incident occurred on Wednesday night 15th March 2023, when a group of young men armed with machetes and hammers attacked the area, leaving the house down and injuring one Namara Karuhunga, the alleged ring-leader of the mob.
The suspects were arrested by the police and have been transferred to the Mukono police division to face charges of malicious property damage.
The Incident and Arrests
Maj Wanyama said he was away when several people descended on his newly built home and demolished it. He was informed by his family, who in turn called the police, leading to the arrest of now 40 suspects.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango said the group came in two vehicles before demolishing the house and destroying other properties on the 25-acre contested piece of land.
Mr Yasin Kasirye, one of the residents, says he saw two boats carrying young men and thought they were mere passengers.
“After disembarking, they immediately started demolishing Maj Wanyama’s house and destroyed other properties around,” he said, adding that they made an alarm attracting other residents and the police.
They tried to flee with boats via Lake Victoria in Katosi but were intercepted by the marine police.
According to police preliminary investigations, the incident happened in broad daylight when a group of young men attacked the area.
Residents say there are land wrangles on this piece of land involving two UPDF officers. Maj Wanyama said he bought the 25 acres of land from Francis Tyaba and has all the documents.
He, however, pinned Jackson Twinamasiko, also a UPDF officer, for being behind the attack.
Twinamasiko denied all allegations, saying he does not know anything about the attack. Instead, he accused Maj Wanyama of using his position in the army to grab land.
Arraignment in Court
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango, confirmed that the suspects will be arraigned in court once investigations are complete. The suspects face charges of malicious property damage.
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