By Leilah Bbaale
Robert Mukitale, the National Resistance Movement-NRM Chairperson for Ngwedu sub-county in Buliisa district has been murdered and his body dumped in Masindi town.
His body was dumped in Nyabinyira cell in Bigando ward Masindi Municipality on Wednesday morning at around 8:30 am by unidentified assailants driving a Premio vehicle whose registration number was not readily established.
According to Constance Katwesige, an eye witness, the assailants driving a white premio vehicle allegedly dumped Mukitale’s body a few meters from her garden and drove off at a terrible speed.
At the time the assailants dumped Mukitale body, she was busy digging in her pineapple garden only to see it lying near her garden after the assailants had fled. She says they immediately alerted Masindi police who rushed and picked the body.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson has confirmed the incident adding that preliminary police investigations show that the deceased was strangled to death from somewhere else before the assailants dumped his body in Nyabinyira cell in Masindi Municipality.
Hakiza says police recovered a court summon of suit Number 052/2021 of Masindi Magistrates court where a court had summoned the deceased to appear before the Masindi magistrates court on Wednesday where he is also a complainant.
The court summons was recovered from the deceased’s pockets.
According to Hakiza, his death is suspected to have originated from a land dispute. However, it is not known who the deceased was battling with at the Masindi magistrate’s court over land.
He says the deceased is believed to have traveled to Masindi from Buliisa on Tuesday evening ready to attend a court session on Wednesday, having been last seen in Masindi town on Tuesday evening.
Hakiza says investigations into his gruesome murder have kicked off though no suspect yet has been arrested in connection to his death.