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Police, UWA probe death of man in park

By John Thawite

Added 15th January 2018 02:36 PM

Police said the body had started decomposing by the time it was discovered on Sunday.

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Police said the body had started decomposing by the time it was discovered on Sunday.

An aerial view of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Police are investigating circumstances under which a man was killed at the park

INVESTIGATION | DEATH

KASESE - Police and the Uganda Wildlife Authorities (UWA) officials in Kasese are probing circumstances under which the body of a man was on Sunday found hanging on a tree in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

“The body was found in the park area that neighbours Kidodo Cell of Kasese Municipality, but the victim could be recognised,” the Rwenzori East Regional Commander, SSP Julius Tusingwire, said.

According to Tusingwire, the unidentified person, aged between 25 and 30, might have died about a month ago.

The chief warden of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Edward Asalu, said UWA had joined the Police in the investigations.

Police sources close to Railway Police Station said the body had started decomposing by the time it was discovered. 

According to sources, the man appeared to have been burnt either at the scene or elsewhere and then brought to the park.

“When you look at the distance between the scene and the last home near the place where the body was found, it is very near and there is a path, meaning that people always pass here to graze their cattle or goats,” said the sources.

 Jennifer Biira, an eyewitness, said she was looking for a missing goat after a resident had tipped her of its whereabouts, only to discover the body.

 “We rushed back in terror and informed our mother, who told other residents to wait until she had reported the incident to the Police,” Biira said.

Rose Mageyo, the railway LC1 chairperson, advised residents to always report visitors and also avoid moving late at night.

The body was still lying at the Kasese Municipal health centre mortuary, pending a postmortem examination and identification.

 

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