Family of Four Arrested for Murdering their Herdsman

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A family of four has been arrested in Hoima for murdering a 17-year-old boy and secretly burying his body. David Kugonza, his wife Geresias Asaba and their sons Joseph and Tumusiime are accused of killing their herdsman Joseph Wamani on Wednesday last week. The deputy criminal investigations officer at Hoima Police Station, Joseph Mugisa, says the family murdered Wamani at their home in Kiryateete for theft. He says Kugonza and his family accused Wamani of stealing 250,000 shillings from them. They attempted to beat out a confession from the herdsman and in the process beat him to death. The suspects are believed to have burned the boy's body near their home on Wednesday night. Officer Mugisa says the case was brought to the attention by the police by the Kugonza's neighbours who heard the altercation and fight between the family and the herdsman. They were suspicious that a day later, Wamani was no where to be seen. The police are guarding the grave where the herdsman is believed to be buried. They are awaiting a court order before exhuming the body for a forensic test, a postmortem and a decent burial. Wamani was a resident of Nalweyo in Kibaale district. He recently traveled to Hoima in search of employment. In Rukungiri district a 45-year-old man is accused of murdering his village mate and burying him in his banana plantation. Ramathan Turyahumura of Nyabugando Kikarara in Bwambara sub-county is accused of murdering Rajab Babyeyaka on May 21st. He reportedly hit Babyeyaka on the head with a hoe and buried him in a shallow grave in a banana plantation. Jackson Mugisha, the Rukungiri CID officer, says Turyahumura went into hiding shortly after the incident and was only arrested on May 28th. He says the suspect will be charged with murder this week.