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Vigilante Mob Executes Man Believed To Be Thief After He’s Found Disguised in Gomesi Attire

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In a shocking incident that has rattled Butongole Village in Bugweri District, tragedy struck on Wednesday night as a man disguised in a traditional woman’s dress, known as a gomesi, fell victim to a brutal mob lynching.

The unidentified suspect, clad in a gomesi complete with a veil, aroused suspicion among locals as he roamed the village under the cover of darkness. His unusual attire and suspicious behavior triggered alarm bells among residents, leading to a swift and deadly confrontation.

According to reports from Namalemba LC3 chairperson, Mr Pius Kagiko Waikonkome, the suspect attempted to evade capture by leaping behind an Iganga-bound truck, unbeknownst to the driver. However, vigilant boda boda riders gave chase and managed to intercept the vehicle, forcing it to halt.

As the suspect tried to escape, chaos ensued. In the frantic struggle, the suspect allegedly brandished a knife and attacked one of the pursuing riders, identified as Richard Igwera, before being overwhelmed by the enraged mob.

Despite efforts to subdue the assailant, the situation escalated tragically, resulting in the suspect’s untimely demise at the hands of the vigilante crowd.

Upon closer inspection, the deceased was found to be wearing tight-fitting stretch trousers typically associated with women or girls, further fueling speculation about his intentions and identity. Additionally, a Bible containing contacts of a pastor was discovered in his possession, adding another layer of intrigue to the perplexing case.

Local authorities attribute the violent outburst to a recent surge in thefts, particularly targeting livestock and birds, which has left communities on edge and increasingly vigilant against potential threats.

Confirming the incident, police have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the lynching. Busoga East Police Spokesperson, Ms Diana Nandaula, condemned the mob attack, emphasizing the importance of allowing law enforcement to handle such matters and urging residents to refrain from taking matters into their own hands.

Meanwhile, Richard Igwera, the injured boda boda rider, is currently receiving medical treatment alongside the deceased suspect at Nakavule Hospital in Iganga District, underscoring the tragic consequences of the violent altercation that unfolded in Butongole Village.

As the investigation unfolds, questions linger about the true identity and motives of the deceased, while the community grapples with the aftermath of a night marred by fear, suspicion, and ultimately, bloodshed.

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