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Three held over murder

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th May 2010 03:00 AM

THE Police in Bugiri district have arrested three men for allegedly murdering a 32-year-old fisherman. Adu Kugema, Henry Wabagaza and Stephen Oundo, a special Police constable, are alleged to have killed Charles Wandera.

THE Police in Bugiri district have arrested three men for allegedly murdering a 32-year-old fisherman. Adu Kugema, Henry Wabagaza and Stephen Oundo, a special Police constable, are alleged to have killed Charles Wandera.

By Moses Bikala

THE Police in Bugiri district have arrested three men for allegedly murdering a 32-year-old fisherman. Adu Kugema, Henry Wabagaza and Stephen Oundo, a special Police constable, are alleged to have killed Charles Wandera.

The body was discovered on Friday at Lubango landing site on the Lake Victoria shores. The fisheries ministry had deployed the men to prevent illegal fishing on the lake.

The Mutumba sub-county LC3 chairman, Charles Kitosi, said the residents had complained of harassment by the team.

Police had to deploy heavily to restrain a mob from lynching the suspects. The officer in charge of Buyinja Police Station, Joseph Makoma, said Wandera could have been strangled.

A postmortem report showed that the neck had been twisted several times. There were deep bruises on the neck and legs, while the hands were tied at the back in a style commonly known as kandoya.

Makoma said another fisherman, who was with the deceased on the fateful night, survived by jumping into the lake. Stephen Wabwire said they had gone fishing at around 10:30pm on Wednesday. They were, however, ordered by eight men, who were moving on a speed boat, to stop.

He said they initially mistook the eight to be thugs and tried to cruise their boat away. The men pursued them until they caught up with them at Matolo, almost 70 miles from Lubango landing site.

The survivor said the men ordered them to jump into their boat and started beating them with metallic objects. After sensing danger, he jumped into the lake and managed to swim to Biso landing site, 57 miles away.

Wabwire said he heard Wandera crying as he was swimming away. This is the second time a fisherman is murdered by fisheries operatives within two months.

The officer in charge of Bugiri Central Police Station, Richard Musisi, said the Police was trying to establish the cause of the murder, adding that the three would be charged soon.

Three held over murder

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