Luuka District: In a grim incident that shook Nawampiti Sub County in Luuka district, a group of youths allegedly engaged in a stabbing spree, leaving a trail of chaos and wounded victims. The trial of these individuals commenced today, August 23rd, 2023, at Kiyunga court, before Grade 1 Magistrate Ndiwalana Yunusu.
Out of the 12 accused individuals, 10 were brought to court to answer for their alleged involvement in the violent acts. The accused include Kulwanda Gerald, Mubiru Isaac, Waiswa Jimmy, Lutaaya Denis, Tenywa Dan Madambo, Isabirye Emma, Isabirye Jason, Waiswa Joel, Jackson Dhikusooka, Joshua Tabulya, Emmanuel Kulaba, and Jonathan. They collectively face three charges: damaging property, assault, and carrying out malicious cutting, as documented in file No.CRB 261/2023.
The disturbing incidents unfolded on July 2nd, 2023, at Bugomba village, Bugomba parish, Nawampiti Sub County. The group reportedly arrived at a party hosted by Mrs. Nangobi Milabu and a brawl ensued, resulting in the stabbing of four individuals: Katala Richard, Waiswa Moses, Mugodi Francis, and Taka. The victims, left with severed hands and head injuries, reported the incident to Nawampiti Police Station the following day.
Luuka Police Station, led by Luuka RDC Samuel Musiho and O/C Luuka District Operation Arineitwe Joseph, conducted a raid on July 26th, 2023, leading to the arrest of 12 individuals. However, on August 1st, 2023, officials at Luuka Police Station released 5 of them on police bond.
During the court proceedings, some victims had the opportunity to showcase their stab wounds, pointing out those responsible. The judge requested the remaining two accused to be brought to court to complete the group of 12. He noted that these two individuals were yet to be arrested, but the police were diligently working towards their apprehension.
Judge Ndiwalana Yunusu remanded the accused to Kiyunga Prison until August 30th, 2023. He cautioned that anyone convicted of the charges related to the use of a panga (machete) would face a sentence of less than five years in prison.
The alarming prevalence of such violent incidents in Nawampiti Sub County has drawn attention from local leaders and opinion makers. Nvanungi Jackson, a district councilor, called for stringent action against those involved in such activities, emphasizing the importance of community safety.
Nawampiti Trading Center Mayor Byakatonda Issa echoed these sentiments, urging justice for the victims and a stern stance against such behavior. Luwano Baker, an opinion leader, urged youth to engage in productive activities and steer clear of harmful behavior, highlighting the role of idleness in contributing to such incidents.
In the same court session, Lwanga Ali faced charges of impersonation and fraudulent activities. He was remanded in custody after being accused of deceiving individuals by posing as a state house worker promising to help them receive funds. Magistrate Ndiwalana Yunusu denied Lwanga Ali’s bail application, ordering his custody until August 30th, 2023.