Suspected boda boda thief survives lynching in Rukungiri

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RUKUNGIRI– An angry mob in Rukungiri on Sunday 19th September 2021 at around 12:00 pm nearly lynched a suspected boda boda thief in Butimba village Kinyasano ward, Western division in Rukungiri municipality.

The accused was identified as Abel Tugume, a driver of a motor vehicle forward registration number UBJ513A who hails from Sheema district but has been working from Kampala allegedly in Kira.

It is said that Tugume who works with a certain road construction company has been in Rukungiri and Kanungu for some company activities as they have been rehabilitating some roads in the area.

From investigations, our reporter discovered that Tugume and his yet to be identified friend had brought his motor vehicle which had some mechanical problems to Quick Services garage in Rukungiri Municipality for repair.

Upon reaching Rukungiri municipality, Tugume got in touch with his longtime friend and a cyclist of a boda boda Bajaj boxer registration number UFB763Z identified as Rogers Rukundo who hails from Nyakishenyi sub-county in Rukungiri district.

It is said that Rukundo later handed his motorcycle keys to Tugume who was travelling to Kasoroza but unfortunately mistakenly took another motor cycle Bajaj boxer registration number UEL735J belonging to Herbert  Kweyamba, a carpenter and a proprietor of Give and take carpentry workshop located in Butimba and a resident of Kifunjo village, Kyatoko ward, Eastern division Rukungiri Municipality.

After trying all efforts to search the whereabouts of his motorcycle, Kweyamba found it that Tugume had left with it heading to Kasoroza the act that forced some of his  friends and area residents to follow him who later landed on him in Katobo trading Centre and started beating him without any question.

Tugume who nearly got lynched was rescued by a team of mechanics from Quick services garage where he had brought his vehicle for repair and so they knew him a bit.

Tugume and Rukundo together with the two motorcycles were then evacuated by a team of police officers to Rukungiri Central Police station where they were still detained by the time of filing this report.

Our efforts of get a word from the Police authorities failed as they were all un available at the station and their known contacts were not reached but one of the police officers who preferred anonymity confirmed to our reporter that the two were still in police custody and that the complainant [ Kweyamba] had already recorded a statement at the same police station.