Tragedy hit Sironko District over the weekend, when three people lost their lives, and another escaped with severe injuries after being pushed off a cliff during a clash.
The deceased have been identified as Livingston Wandega, 50, the Local Council I chairperson of Muduga village, Bumasifwa parish in Legenya Sub County; Woyega, 27, a resident of Mabono village, Kibobobi parish in Legenya Sub County; and Timothy Kissa, 13, a pupil at Bumasifwa Primary School in Primary Six class from Legenya Sub County.
According to reports, on Friday last week, unidentified people raided Stephen Namusi’s home from Legenya Sub County and took a cow. Namusi reported the incident to the Bumasobo police post. Police officers used a sniffer dog that traced the path to Samson Wanzila’s home in Nakilulu village, Masungu parish, Bumasobo Sub County.
However, Wanzila had fled, but the authorities found beef at his residence, which was seized as evidence. On Saturday, several locals from Namusi’s family, who had lost their animal, stormed Wanzila’s residence and took two animals in retaliation.
According to Stephen Kimasi, the LCIII chairperson of Bukyabo Sub County in Bulambuli District, a group from his area, armed with machetes, stones, sticks, and bricks intercepted the retaliating group from Legenya Sironko at Busasagi village, Buchabo parish in Buchabo Sub County.
A fight erupted as they attempted to reclaim their animals, resulting in three people being pushed and falling off a cliff while others fled the scene. Rogers Taitika, the Elgon region police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, stating that the bodies of the deceased were recovered at the bottom of the cliff.
The bodies were taken to Mbale City mortuary for post-mortem examinations before being released to their respective families for burial. He added that efforts were underway to arrest those involved from Bumasobo Sub County who engaged in the altercation with residents from neighboring Bulambuli.
Isaiah Sasaga Wanzira, the Budadiri East Constituency Member of Parliament in Sironko district, appealed for calm among residents following reports of planned retaliatory actions between Legenya and Bukyabo sub-counties against Bumasobo Sub County in Bulambuli.
He urged prompt intervention by security forces to prevent further violence and loss of life.