Kayunga, (UG):- Police in Kayunga District are investigating circumstances under which a 26-year-old man hanged himself in the LC1 chairperson’s house where he had been sheltered for safety from an angry mob.

The incident happened Sunday morning when Yusuf Kasozi, a resident of neighbouring Namusaala village in Busaana sub-county took his own life at Mr Gabula Daniel’s house, the LC Chairperson of Bisakabiddugala village in Kitimbwa sub-county, Kayunga District,

Preliminary information obtained indicates that in the early hours of Saturday night, Kasozi and an accomplice attempted to steal a Bajaj motorcycle from Bisaka Redeemed Church where worshippers were gathered for overnight prayers.

Under cover of darkness, they tried to push away the motorcycle but were spotted by a churchgoer who raised an alarm which led to a pursuit by several church members.

During the chase, the thieves abandoned the motorcycle and fled into a nearby coffee plantation. Kasozi was captured while his accomplice managed to escape.

Mr Moses Ochengori, the Kitimbwa sub-county councillor for Nakivubo parish says Kasozi was brought to the village chairperson’s home after his capture, amidst beatings and uproar from the community. He was locked up in a storage area until morning when he was to be handed over to the Kitimbwa police post.

However, the situation took a tragic turn when the person assigned to guard Kasozi reported being assaulted, prompting his removal from the room. This left Kasozi alone in the store.

“Early the next morning, police officers arrived to escort Kasozi to the station for further investigation. To their dismay, they discovered him hanging from a rope inside the store.”

The incident shocked Mr Gabula and the entire community. Police conducted initial investigations and then cut down the rope before transferring Kasozi’s body to Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary for a postmortem examination.

A relative of the deceased, who preferred anonymity, described Kasozi as a repeat offender who had recently completed a two-year prison sentence for theft-related offences.

Ms Rosette Sikahwa, the Kayunga District police commander, confirmed the incident and said the body was taken to Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for postmortem as investigations into the matter went on.

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