Following the murder of a landlord in Mityana, a story that chimp corps broke last week, police has arrested and detained at least six people in connection to the gruesome act.
The arrest was revealed by Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga on Monday at police headquarters in Naguru during the weekly security briefing of the press.
According to Enanga, the deceased, a one Muhamad Kimbugwe aged 50 years, a resident of Minana village in Mityana Municipality was hacked to death allegedly by squatters on his land which measures up to 1 square meters in the same district.
“We have managed to arrest 6 of the suspects who include the area LC1 chairperson called Ibra Muyingo, John Kulumba, his son, wife called Ndagire Kulumba, the vice chairman, a one Senyanja and the defence Secretary identified as John Kasule,” he revealed.
He also said that detectives recovered a panga and a pounding stick (Pesal) which was used in the gruesome murder.
Mr Enanga added that there are additional key suspects on the run who police is still pursuing and they include Constantino Musisi, Father Lawrence Muduse Kayongo and his two sons called Willy and Serwanga.
“We condemn such acts of senseless violence, this is a land conflict and what that landlord was looking for was a holistic approach under which he had invited the State Minister for Land, Persis Namuganza to try and bring the two parties together and also find a lasting solution to the land conflict that had dragged on for a while,” Enanga said.
It was established that the landlord was attacked and killed when he had just issued invitation letters to eight families out of the many that settled on his land.
Mr Kimbugwe’s land spans across four villages in Mityana district which include Minana, Kabule, Galabi and Kamuvoole.
Police spokesman said that immediately investigations are complete, the files shall be sanctioned to the office of public prosecutor for perusal and later be charged in courts of law.