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Father hacked to death over land dispute

04 August 2014, 23:31 Kenn Laban

Khwisero - Angry residents of Mushikongolo village in Khwisero Sub County lynched a man after he allegedly attacked his 80-years-old father and hacked him several times on the head, neck, and legs following a land dispute.

Benjamin Mukoko aged 40 is said to have attacked his father on Sunday evening after they disagreed over the sale of family land before he picked an axe and pounced on his aged father determined to kill him.

"Grandfather sent me to call uncle and after some time, I heard uncle shouting saying that he will not accept whatever they were discussing. He rushed outside the house, entered his house and came out armed with an axe. Grandfather started screaming and I joined in though I didn't know what was happening," said Emily Asika, a family member.

According to residents, the father Nathan Andenga raised alarm that attracted members of the public who came to his rescue only to find him sprawled in a pool of blood.

"Though he was injured, he could talk and when asked what has happened, he informed us that his son has attacked him after he wanted to sell a piece of land to send his daughter to hospital. The suspect was nowhere to be seen," said Victor Chuma an eye witness.

"We launched a man hunt, searching in every possible hiding place because we knew he had not gone far. We found him hiding in maize plantation and instead of surrendering he attacked a few of the residents with the axe and that's when he was attacked and killed."

The victim was rushed to Iyala level 3 district hospital and he has been transferred to Mbale teaching and referral hospital for further medical attention.

Khiwesro OCPD Joseph Arasa said the deceased got angry after his father suggested that they sale part of the family land because he was not married and did not have heirs to inherit the family property.

"We were called and informed of tension in the area but on arrival, we found the deceased lying in a pool of blood after being thoroughly beaten by the mob. We rescued him and rushed him to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival," said Arasa.

He cautioned the public against killing suspects saying every person should be arrested and taken to court to establish the truth as stipulated in the law.

"We have launched investigation in regard to the incident. We want to establish the truth to establish exactly what happened," he said.

The body of the suspect was moved to Mbale teaching and referaal hodpital mortuary.

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