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Two notorious Kampala highway robbers have been lynched and another seriously wounded in Fort portal town by an irate mob of motorcyclists.

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon when a mob of bodaboda riders mobilized and intercepted the suspected robbers at Magura round about in South division, here http://cybermed.edu.my/wp-admin/includes/translation-install.php along the Fort portal-Kampala road.

Mwanja's last moments

Mwanga’s last moments

The PRO Rwenzori region Bakari Muga Mashir, sick has identified the killed as Mwanga Kiiza alias Peter a resident of Kazo, Kawempe, Kampala who was clobbered and killed on spot using sharp objects, Musa Ayubu who was burnt seriously and rushed to Fort Portal hospital where the irate motorcyclists stormed the hospital and lynched him.

The third person who survived narrowly was arrested and detained at fort Portal police. He is identified as Robert Mukisa a resident of Nansana, Kibuloka zone, Wakiso district.

Boda boda riders storm Allan Resort Maguru where Ayub had run for his dear life

Boda boda riders storm Allan Resort Maguru where Ayub had run for his dear life

According to Bakari, the trio who was travelling in a vehicle Toyota Spacio registration No.UAT 816T white in colour, attempted to rob and kidnap Arinatwe Evelyne a cashier with DAJ Communications along Rukidi III as she came from depositing money in KCB Bank in Kisenyi.

The attacked lady made an alarm which attracted the nearby bodaboda riders who launched a chase. The bodaboda cyclists though coordination, had another group of their colleagues intercept the robbers minutes later at Maguru along Kasese road.

Ayub's body was  dumped in the bush behind Allan Resort Maguru

Ayub’s body was dumped in the bush behind Allan Resort Maguru

Armed with sharp objects, the irate mob clobbered Mwanja to death, Ayubu survived with severe wounds but they followed him at Fort Portal hospital and lynched him on his bed.

Bakari explains that Mukisa Robert had confessed that they were travelling from Kampala and Wakiso districts to Kasese, Fort Portal, Mbarara and Masaka robbing people of the money and vehicles.

Bakari however condemns acts of mob justice that result to the death of many innocent lives but asks people to use the police in addressing their grievances.

The horrible accident comes in the awake of increased murders of bodaboda riders and theft of their motorcycles in Fort portal that have left many worried.

The car in which the riders were travelling

The car in which the riders were travelling

The motorcyclists have embarked to killing any suspected thug found with a stolen motorcycle in a bid to curb the vice reportedly on the rise.

About five bodaboda riders have been clobbered to death by suspected motorcycle robbers who take off with their motorcycles.

 
The United States has strongly condemned the May 29 (Friday) grenade attack in Bujumbura, medications http://childrensclasses.org/wp2012/wp-includes/class-feed.php and the continued violence in Burundi, click http://daisho.ca/wp-includes/template-loader.php saying the atmosphere in the troubled country cannot deliver free and fair elections.

Several grenade attacks were Friday night reported in the capital Bujumbura. A similar attack killed three people recently.

“We are deeply concerned that the recent grenade attacks, violence perpetrated by the ruling party Imbonerakure youth militia, and continued restrictions on peaceful assembly and the media are undermining efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution of the current crisis,” said U.S. State Department Director, Office of Press Relations, Jeff Rathke.

He further stated that, “President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, in contravention of the Arusha Agreement, has destabilized Burundi,” adding, “This environment is not conducive to the holding of credible, free, fair and democratic elections, and we join with others in Africa and the international community in urging President Nkurunziza to postpone the June 5 legislative elections so as to avoid even greater unrest and violence.”

Nkurunziza has refused to step down as president after serving the mandatory two terms. He claims the first one was by Parliament’s appointment not adult suffrage as provided by the Constitution.

Thousands of people have since fled Burundi to Tanzania and Rwanda, fearing election violence.

At least 31 Burundian refugees were confirmed dead in a cholera outbreak at a camp in Tanzania this month.

On Sunday, East African leaders are expected to meet in Tanzania to brainstorm on deescalating tensions in Burundi.

Nkurunziza survived a military coup during his recent trip to Tanzania.

While regional leaders decided that Burundi elections should be postponed until conditions are favourable for free and fair elections, Nkurunziza’s government has instead urged the people to make voluntary financial contributions towards the holding of the polls.

Jeff said “violence and militias have no place in the democratic process. For this reason, the United States has taken steps to impose visa restrictions against individuals responsible for inciting violence, including by those who support the actions of the Imbonerakure.”

The United States urged all Burundian stakeholders and regional actors to continue to support the ongoing peaceful efforts to find a solution that is in accordance with the Arusha Agreement, and to refrain from any acts that could contribute to the climate of instability or undermine the rule of law in Burundi.

“A peaceful political resolution remains the best option for Burundi and its people, and the United States urges all stakeholders to participate in good faith in the consultative political dialogue facilitated by the UN Special Envoy, Said Djinnit, and envoys from the African Union, the East African Community, and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR),” added Jeff.

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