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UPDF officer kills lover for stealing loan obtained from Wazalendo SACCO

By Davis Mugabi

A joint Police and UPDF team in Nabilatuk district is actively searching for a L/CPL Ruhuriza Michael of Lopetageit detach, under the 49 Batallion, for the alleged murder by shooting of Irama Mercy, a 20 year old, female victim, whom he was cohabiting with, for the last 5 months, over theft of his cash Shs 150,000. The money was part of his loan, obtained from the Wazalendo SACCO. The OC detach had prevailed over the family, following repeated complaints of theft of money, but all in vain. On the fateful day, the suspect returned from the bar at around 10pm, picked his gun and shot dead the victim. He abandoned the gun with 109 bullets a distance of about 120 metres and fled. (9 bullet shells) were recovered from the scene. 

In a separate incident, the territorial police in Sipi region and Kapchorwa, has in custody a woman identified as Juliet Chelangat, a 43 year old peasant of Waror village, Tegeres sub county, in Kapchorwa district, for the alleged murder by assault of her husband, Namawangala Stephen, aged 40, after he stole her cash savings and failed to refund it. The suspect, on the October 4, 2023, withdrew her savings of Shs 200,000=, from Kabati village savings group, to pay school fees for their children. Her husband removed the money from where she had kept it, on October 8, 2023, and spent it all on alcohol. He promised to pay it back on October 9, 2023, but failed. At around 11pm that day, they developed a quarrel, which led to a fight, where the suspect pushed her husband to the ground and he became unconscious. He died while being rushed to Kapchorwa Hospital. The suspect was arrested and detained in custody for murder.

Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the incidents.

“The two incidents show the dangers in homes, where there is no respect and/or mutual understanding. We continue to advise Spouses or Partners in toxic relationships to seek help from the Child and Family Protection Unit, before it is too late and life-threatening,” Enanga said.

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