Prominent Businessman Lynched For Cow Theft


By Solomon Hamala


An angry mob in Igombe village, Igombe Sub County in Bugweri District has lynched a man suspected to have stolen a cow.


The deceased, Sinani Kawaaya was reportedly found with the cow moving towards the direction of Iganga town on September 3.


The mob armed with sticks, stones and pangas pounced on the deceased and started beating him up after he failed to give a clear explanation as to where he had got the cow from.


The Vice Chairman LC One Igombe Village, Sinani Kirya said efforts to contain the mob proved futile as the number just kept on increasing as locals beat drums and made alarms that attracted others to the scene.


The mob fled after sighting a police vehicle move towards their direction.


However the deceased had already been murdered within a period of twenty minutes.


Kirya said the deceased, a businessman who had been operating in the area for the last four years is likely to have bought the cow form elsewhere without getting an official letter from the area local council official.


“He is a person who is popular in the area and I don’t see why locals could have done this to the extent of taking away his life,” he said.


The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Iganga, Eva Kwesiga cautioned locals against taking the law into their hands but always alert police or local council officials in case they have any grievances.



The Police Spokesman Busoga East, James Mubi said investigations are underway to establish the people responsible for the murder.


He urged locals to volunteer information about the people who could have taken part in the murder for necessary action.