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Iganga mob lynches cobbler over stolen goat

By Moses Bikala

Added 16th July 2016 10:33 PM

The deceased had earlier been sighted by a young boy skinning the goat

An angry mob in Buyebe vilage, Ibulanku Sub County in Iganga district on Saturday lynched a 25-year-old cobbler suspected to have stolen a goat. 

The mob armed with sticks and stones descended on Farouk Musubo a cobbler who operates at Idudi trading centre stage and lynched him accusing him of the animal worth sh200,000 belonging to one Jamada Musibika. 

According to the LC1 secretary for defense in Buyebe village, John Kyilikumwino, the mob comprising over 30 people had earlier pursued the deceased from Idudi trading center where he had reportedly skinned the goat from. 

The deceased had earlier been sighted by a young boy was passing by the road skinning the goat in a bush before raising an alarm that attracted locals. 

Kyilikumwino said residents had of recent expressed concern over the increase in cases of theft of livestock in the area. 

He said local council officials attempted to restrain the mob to spare the life of the deceased in vain since they were too many in number. 

The police spokesman Busoga East, James Mubi said the beheaded body of the deceased was by press time still lying at Iganga Hospital mortuary awaiting a post mortem. 

Mubi expressed concern over the increase in the number of cases of mob justice in the district. 

He said since the start of the year alone 23 people have lost their lives as a result of mob justice in the district. 

Mubi cautioned members of the public against taking the law into their hands because in most cases some innocent people end up losing their lives without any cause.

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