A bodaboda rider in Kabale town who was accused of attempting to steal a goat from a teenage boy met a tragic fate, as an enraged mob descended upon him and lynched him on a Saturday.
Reportedly, the unidentified rider had gone to a residence in Kabale town, where he cunningly convinced a 15-year-old boy named Andrew Atuhaire to fetch him a drink from a nearby shop. Instead of abiding by his request, the rider allegedly untethered a goat from the premises and tried to transport it on his motorcycle.
However, local residents intervened, intercepting the rider and subjecting him to a fatal beating.
Elly Maate, the spokesperson for the Kigezi region Police, disclosed that the incident unfolded on Saturday, August 26, around 4:00 pm, specifically at Rutenga ward within Central Division, Kabale Municipality.
The rider posed as a visitor, engaging Andrew Atuhaire in conversation and even persuading him to buy a soda using money the rider gave him.
Upon returning from the errand, Andrew noticed the rider attempting to load the goat onto his motorcycle (registered under UDZ 855P) after having removed it from its tethered position in the compound.
Andrew immediately raised an alarm, prompting the rider’s hasty escape on his motorcycle with the stolen goat.
However, his attempt was short-lived, as he and the goat fell off the vehicle. In the ensuing chaos, the rider tried to flee on foot but was swiftly caught by the angered crowd.
They physically assaulted him and used the same ropes he had used to restrain the goat to bind him.
Although the Police were notified and dispatched, their arrival came too late, as the rider had already endured severe injuries from the beating.
The Police rushed him to Kabale Hospital, but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The incident was officially documented as a mob-induced murder, assigned the reference CRB 660/2023.
Elly Maate mentioned that ongoing investigations aimed to ascertain the rider’s identity. He appealed to anyone possessing relevant information to cooperate with law enforcement by coming forward.