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'Motorbike thieves' lynched in Bugiri

By Moses Bikala

Added 9th June 2016 10:12 AM

“We pleaded with these people to spare the lives of these two people but they refused."

“We pleaded with these people to spare the lives of these two people but they refused."

BUGIRI - Two unidentified men were killed by a mob who suspected them of stealing a motorcycle.

They were stopped in their tracks at Nankoma trading centre in Bugiri on their way to Mayuge district. This was after the group claimed they had received information that the two men had stolen the motorbike.

The area LC1 chairman, James Buyinza, said the group, wielding sticks and stones, pounced on the suspects, killing them.

He said local council officials tried to restrain the mob but were overpowered by the angry group's numbers.

"We pleaded with these people to spare the lives of these two people but they refused claiming people were losing motorcycles to thieve."

Amuza Majeme, the officer in charge of investigations at Bugiri central police station, said the bodies of the two men had no identification documents to confirm their identities or origin.

He said the mob escaped immediately police arrived at the scene.

Investigations are underway to find those involved in the attack as well as to establish the whereabouts of the motorcycle.

The corpses, lying at Bugiri Hospital mortuary, were by Wednesday evening yet to be claimed anyone.

Majeme condemned the mob justice and urged members of the public with a missing relative in the area to report to Bugiri Main Hospital.

If not claimed in the next three days, the bodies of the two unidentified men will be interred in the public cemetery, added Majeme.

So far, ten people have been killed through mob justice in Bugiri this year.

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