UGANDA, Mubende | Real Muloodi News | A tragic incident of violence has shaken the community in Mubende District, central Uganda, as a 54-year-old woman, Milly Naava Namutebi, and her 53-year-old husband, Abdullah Kayizi, were brutally murdered on Monday morning 31st July 2023 over a land dispute.
The heart-wrenching attack occurred in Kirwanyi Village, Kiruma Sub County. As investigations unfold, five suspects have been apprehended concerning the double murder.
According to Muzafaru Ssekamatte, the couple’s son, about 30 individuals armed with machetes, spears, clubs, and axes launched a vicious assault on his parents and brother, Ibrahim Kawuma, at around 8 a.m.
The attackers first targeted Ssekamatte’s father, battering him with large sticks until he fell, and then ultimately killing him with an axe.
Following the gruesome murder of her husband, Milly Naava Namutebi tried to escape, but she couldn’t get far due to her weight.
One of the attackers threw a brick at her back, causing her to fall, and then struck her with an axe, leading to her tragic death.
Ssekamatte recalled that they had alerted the officer in charge of the Madudu police post about the impending attack, but it took him two hours to arrive at the scene, by which time the parents had already lost their lives.
The locals in the area have connected the brutal murders to an ongoing land dispute between the family and over 3,000 sitting tenants residing in five villages in Kiruma Sub County.
Police spokesperson Racheal Kawala confirmed that preliminary findings indicate the murders are linked to the long-standing land conflict between the family and the residents.
Further investigations are underway, and the authorities are actively hunting for more suspects involved in this heinous act.
Land conflicts have been a contentious issue in central Uganda for many years, with disputes arising between wealthy landowners holding titles and poor tenants, often referred to as squatters.
Evictions and repossessions have frequently resulted in angry confrontations between landlords and tenants, leading to violence and loss of life.
This recent tragedy in Mubende District serves as a grim reminder of the ongoing challenges posed by land disputes in the region and highlights the urgent need for addressing land conflicts and ensuring peaceful resolutions to prevent further loss of lives and maintain community harmony.
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