Police in Rukungiri District have beefed up security for the area Chief Magistrate, Mr Moses Kule Lubangula, the Resident State Attorney, Mr Richard Muhereza, and two lawyers who received death threats from unknown people.
On Monday morning, an anonymous letter was dropped in front of the State Attorney’s residence, warning him and the chief magistrate to back off the land cases they are handling.
The warning letter was packaged in a brown envelope which also contained two live bullets. The death threats were also directed at the District Police Commander, Mr Moses Nanoka, two lawyers, Mr Mark Mwesigye of M/s Mark Mwesigye & Company Advocates and Mr Jonathan Bwagi of Bwagi & Company Advocates.
On Wednesday, Kigezi Regional Police spokesman Elly Maate said they have since provided more escorts to the individuals mentioned in the letter.
He said a General Enquiry File (GEF) has been opened to help in investigations.
“This is an unusual occurrence of a case of threatening violence on high profile people in Rukungiri and the security will not take lightly and therefore investigation will be widened up to ensure that those behind it are arrested,” Maate said.
Mr Mwesigye, one of the lawyers on the list, said he has been assigned two guards.
“I have received the letter and as of now I have been assigned two police guards, that’s all I can say,” he said.
Mr Muhereza (the state attorney) said, “We have zeroed on certain land case we think is the origin of this threat. We are not disclosing it now; police have already started the investigations.”
Daniel Byaruhanga, a lawyer with Tumwesigye, Baingana and Co. Advocates, urged those using intimidating mechanisms to better use the law other than their illegal means to get justice.
In July this year, Isaac Sendegeya, a 37-year-old lawyer, who had a law firm in Kisoro, was shot dead at the doorstep of his home. There were reports that his murder was linked to a land case he was handling. Several suspects have since been arrested and arraigned in courts of law.