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Two brothers lynched for stealing coffee

By Geoffrey Namukoye

Added 20th October 2016 11:13 AM

By the time police reached the scene of crime, the suspects had already died.

Two brothers lynched for stealing coffee

By the time police reached the scene of crime, the suspects had already died.

Two brothers from Balawoli Sub County in Kamuli district were lynched by unknown people for stealing coffee. Robert Mugweri and Ronald Mugweri, both in their 30s were lynched on Tuesday morning in Magogo Sub County as they rode through a swamp. Yeko Kyaiswa a resident of Magogo sub-county said the deceased were intercepted in a swamp linking Kisozi to Magogo Sub County with 100kgs of coffee which the residents was suspected 

By the time police reached the scene of crime, the suspects had already died. The Police spokesperson for Busoga North Sub region, Michael Kasadha confirmed the incident, saying the victims were riding a motorbike Reg. No. UDK 169D when they were intercepted and killed.

The duo was identified by residents of Kamuli as coffee dealers from Balawoli Sub County.

Kasadha condemned the act of mob justice saying it takes more effort to kill a person than effort that would be used to bring the same culprit to police. "We condemn mob justice in its entirety because it interferes with investigations. It is hard to tell if these people had really stolen the coffee or not" he said. Kasadha also observed that on many occasions, mob justice conceals evidence and therefore justice is not delivered.

Kasadha noted that in one week, three people have been killed in Kamuli.

By press time, the bodies were still in Kamuli hospital mortuary awaiting relative to take them to Balawoli for funeral arrangements. 

 

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