Shock gripped residents of Bufuma trading centre in Bumayoka Subcounty, Bududa District on Wednesday night when a ranger from Mt Elgon National Park shot and killed a resident and injured another following a quarrel over a woman.
Witnesses told this website that on the fateful night, the yet-to-be identified ranger was confronted by angry residents who found him with a woman that is married to a resident in the trading centre.
Witnesses added that the angered residents began questioning him as others charged at him, threatening to beat him.“In order to save himself from the irate residents, he cocked his gun and shot one dead, injuring another,” Mr James Shimolo, a resident, said.
The ranger is then said to have ran away.
In reiteration, the residents turned on the other ranger in his company identified as Patrick Odure and lynched him.
Police identified the deceased as Titus Mauchi Erukana.
The acting Elgon Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Robert Tukei confirmed the deaths and said investigations are ongoing.
“The game ranger shot one person dead after he was allegedly provoked by residents, who attacked him in the trading centre,”he said.
He said the preliminary investigations indicate that the UWA official was attacked after he was found speaking with one of the president’s wife.
“They reacted by stoning him and as result, he started shooting rapidly, leaving one person dead and another injured,” Mr Tukei, said.
Mr Tukei said the suspect, whom he did not name, is currently on the run.
The Elgon Regional Police Commander, Mr Abraham Betongyeza, explained that the charged residents reiterated and killed another game ranger, who was at the scene.
“People around charged and killed another UWA soldier who was at the scene with the suspect. It’s unfortunate because he was not the one, who killed a resident,” he said.
Mr Betongyeze said police have arrested more five suspects to help with the investigations, adding that the bodies have been taken Bududa hospital mortuary for postmortem.
The Mt Elgon Conservation area Manager, Mr Fredrick Kizza, said the incident was unfortunate.
“We greatly condemn the actions of our officers and residents,” he said.