Residents of Kyenjojo district last Wednesday lynched a man suspected of practicing cannibalism
The district Police commander, George Sabiiti, identified the deceased as James Tibihikirira from Nyabugorogoro. The residents also accused Tibihikirira of practicing witchcraft, leading to the death of over 15 people.
Before his death, Tibihikirira was reportedly first attacked by his relatives last week. He was saved by the LCI chairman, Swithen Musongola, who called the Police.
Tibihikirira was detained at Kyenjojo Police Station but escaped from Police custody on April 15, and went to his home where he was killed. His body was burnt and house set on fire.
Sabiiti said a relative of the deceased did not want Tibihikirira to be buried on their land but the Police insisted he should be buried there. A suspect identified as Adolf Mwebaze has been arrested in connection with the murder.
Meanwhile, the Police in Kyenjojo is investigating the death of a 44-year-old man, Peter Baguma, who was found hanging on a tree last week. Baguma is suspected to have been killed on April 11 and his body hang on a tree about a kilometre from his home.
Man lynched over cannibalism