A young couple in Mbarara on Tuesday perished in a house fire that is believed to have been intentionally started by one of them over family misunderstandings.
Residents in Katete cell, in Mbarara Municipality woke up to cries for help as the couple’s rented house went up in flames with them locked tight inside.
The couple was identified as Eric Atushemeza and Penninah Natamba. The latter was a student at Bishop Stuart University and according neighbors; her husband was paying her tuition.
Locals told police that the two had developed misunderstandings when the husband caught the woman with another man.
On Tuesday, they say, they saw the husband removing his belongings from the house early in the morning at around 4am.
Later, neighbors say he returned to the house, locked the doors and next thing they heard was wailing from his wife for help.
They say they rushed in for help only to find the doors and windows locked and all they could see was fire and smoke inside.
Police was called in and they managed to break walls and retrieve the two. The husband was already deceased while Natamba was rushed to Mbarara Hospital where she died shortly after arrival.
According to police spokesperson Samson Kasasira, Ms Natamba had just completed her studies and was waiting to graduate on Friday this week.