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Man killed for aiding NEMA evictions in Rwampara.

By Nagudi Fatuma

Rwampara District-Police in Rwampara is investigating circumstances under which a 68 year-old man was murdered.

Aloysius Bitakamanyirwe aka Uganda 68, a resident of Buterere cell, Kibingo Ward, Rweibogo – Kibingo Town Council in Rwampara District was murdered yesterday at his home by unknown machete welding assailants after he had been woken up by a noise from his pig outside.

Speaking to the press, the Rwizi region police spokesperson, Samson Kasasira confirmed that the goons cut Bitakamanyirwe’s neck immediately after reaching out of his doorway, killing him instantly.

It is alleged that the area has been embroiled in long term land wrangles over a wetland where the locals have been cultivating some vegetables.

Some locals had owned the wetland to an extent of selling part of it to others and alot of cases started accumulating forcing National Environmental Management Authority for the last three days to evict whoever was using the wetland.

NEEMA officials together with security led an operation that saw property of people who illegally started using this wetland loose everything including homes and crop gardens.

Kasasira noted that this caused hanger among the users who decided to attack homes of those that were pushing for the eviction including the deceased who has been the chairman of the committee working with ACCORD that was against the wetland encroachers.

Several homes have been attacked, banana plantations cut down and cattle slaughtered.

Police later swung into action, visited the crime scene, did the Postmortem at the scene and handed over the body to relatives for burial.

The police sniffer dog helped in the arrest of two suspects to help the Police in investigations. Murder case by cutting was recorded at Rwampala Central Police Station under file number CRB 155/2021.

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