Angry residents of Kisinsima village in Isunga Sub-County took matters into their own hands, lynching and burning to ashes a 34-year-old man suspected of murdering his brother and nephew.
The gruesome incident unfolded on Saturday morning when Raphael Karamagi allegedly killed his elder brother, John Kyamuhangire, aged 55, and his 9-year-old nephew, Musinguzi Lawrence, both residents of Kijonjomi village in Isunga Sub-County, Kagadi district.
According to witnesses, Kyamuhangire was fatally injured while attempting to rescue his son, Musinguzi, from the controls of the charged Karamagi, who subsequently took the lives of both his brother and nephew.
Following the double murder, Karamagi fled the area, only to resurface armed with two pangas on Monday, raising suspicion among villagers that he intended to claim more innocent lives.
In a swift and violent act of vigilante justice, enraged residents beat him to death before setting him ablaze.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, residents revealed that in the aftermath of the murders, they mobilized to sell off Karamagi’s land to fund the burial expenses, a move vehemently opposed by the suspect.
His resistance escalated into violence before he was ultimately overpowered and killed.
Ssebastian Kayaga, a resident, expressed shock at the tragic events, describing them as unprecedented in their community, with three family members losing their lives in just 24 hours.
Confirming reports of the land sale for burial arrangements, Kisinsima village Chairperson Lawrence Birimumaiso urged families with mentally ill members to seek proper treatment and condemned the surge in drug abuse, linking it to increased criminal activities in the area.
Meanwhile, Francis Mugisa, the male councilor for Kijonjomi Parish, condemned both the murders and the subsequent vigilante justice, urging locals with grievances to seek resolution through proper authorities rather than resorting to violence.
As of press time, Kagadi police had not yet visited the scene, and attempts to obtain their comments were unsuccessful.