Pader cattle herder murdered in cold blood

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Pajule Sub-county LC 3 Chairman, Mr Tito Brilliant Okello.

A 32-year-old Muraro herdsman has been killed at Lungula Village in Pajule Sub-county in Pader District.

Geoffrey Bangaji’s lifeless body was discovered on Wednesday morning, November 11, 2020 few metres from the roadside laying in a pool of blood.

The deceased had been a herdsman in the area for the past seven years, according to the Pajule Sub-county LC 3 Chairman, Mr Tito Brilliant Okello.

Mr Okello told our reporter that the deceased had hosted Emmanuel Byamukama from Ngoma village in Nakaseke district claiming that he was seeking a herdsman’s job in the area.

However, Byamukama, who is currently on the run, while on their way back home from a drinking joint on Tuesday night, reportedly allegedly attacked the deceased from behind before strangling him with a rope about 400 metres from his house, the LC 3 chairman told our reporter.

Mr Okello said that preliminary police investigations indicate that Byamukama was sent by the deceased’s in-laws in Nakaseka district to purportedly kill Bangaji.

The politician added that the in-laws who lived with Bangaji fled after beating him into coma suspecting that he was dead. The incident took place two months ago.

“We have often been discouraging people from accepting visitors whom they don’t know their back ground. But you find people hosting strangers without the knowledge of the local leaders. In the past, we never registered horrible killings. But it’s getting to be something normal in our society people have totally different cultural backgrounds,” Mr Okello said.

Audio: Okello on murder (English)

The chairman said two people were yesterday arrested from Nakaseke district together with their mother a resident of Lapul sub-county after investigations showed that the hunted fugitive Byamukama was around her place.

Efforts to get a comment from Mr Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Regional Police spokesperson, were futile as he did not answer our calls.

Meanwhile, a postmortem report indicates that the Bangaji was strangled using a rope.

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