In Kayunga District, central Uganda, two men who were suspected of stealing a bodaboda were killed by a mob. The incident occurred when the duo, who were alleged to have stolen a bodaboda from Buikwe District, were pursued by a group of people who caught up with them in Namakandwa village, Kangulumira Sub County.
According to Ms. Rosette Sikahwa, the Kayunga District police commander, once the suspects were apprehended, the mob beat them to death, and one of the bodies was even burned beyond recognition by the time the police arrived at the scene.
The identities of the deceased individuals have not been established yet, and the registration number of the alleged stolen bodaboda remains unknown.
The two men who were killed were aged between 30 and 40 years old, as reported by the police. A murder case has been opened, and investigations into the incident are ongoing. However, the whereabouts of the bodaboda, which the suspects were allegedly riding when they were killed, are still unknown.
Relatives of the deceased, who were at Kayunga central police station to provide statements, claimed that the deaths were a case of mistaken identity.
They argued that the registration number of the bodaboda that the mob claimed had been stolen by the duo was slightly different from the one the deceased were riding on.
In a related incident, the police are also investigating the death of a 19-year-old casual laborer named Andrew Muhirwe in Kaazi. Muhirwe was found dead in his bed after going to sleep following a night of watching football.
His body has been taken to Kayunga regional referral hospital for a postmortem examination to determine the cause of death.