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Businesswoman, couple, and Shamba boy in trouble for exhuming, selling dead bodies

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Businesswoman, couple, and Shamba boy in trouble for exhuming, selling dead bodies

Four people have been arrested by the police in Kalungu district for allegedly exhuming and trading human remains.   

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Regional Police spokesperson, identified the suspects as Deogratius Lukowe, 40, his wife Yudaya Namatovu 30, a businesswoman Regina Nakyanzi and Dan Wassajja all residents of Lutente village in Lukaya Town Council.   

The couple would allegedly exhume, crush and grind the human bones to fine powder, and sell it to their clients in the Greater Masaka region, and other parts of the country as well as Tanzania.   

Local authorities and residents conducted an operation to recover the missing remains which had been stolen and according to Farouk Buyondo, the Lutente LCI chairman, the couple was using their shamba-boy Wassajja to exhume the remains.   

However, trouble came after failure to pay Wassajja for the job on different occasions which annoyed him, prompting him to inform the local authorities to help him get his payments.   

Lukowe revealed that Nakyanzi had contracted them to supply her with the human bones and powder.

Nsubuga says they have opened up an investigation into the matter, and that they are working with members of the affected families to ensure they get justice.   

So far remains that have been discovered are said to be for more than four people.     

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