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Woman killed after winning village council election

LWENGO- Police in Lwengo District are investigating circumstances under which a woman was killed a few hours after winning the area Women Local Council I election.

Hadijjah Nantale, 42, a resident of Lwentare Village, Kyazanga Town Council, was killed on Wednesday evening.

She polled 48 votes while her opponent, Ms Ruubah Nandi got 4 votes.

The deceased was reportedly attacked on her way from a musical show that was organised by singer David Lutalo in Kyazanga Town. She had gone to the show to celebrate her victory.

Mr Tim Rwothengeyo, the officer in-charge of Kyazanga Police Station said two suspects including Ibrah Sekabira, 22, a son of Ms Nandi and Bashir Mawanda, 18, a resident of Lwentare Village have been arrested in connection to the crime.

“We have arrested the suspects who are second time offenders to aid our investigations,” Mr Rwothengeyo said.

He said they have preferred murder charges against the suspects.

Ms Nandi, reportedly told police that her son [Ssekabira] did not spend the night at home on Wednesday.

“Hadijjah has been my sister in-law. I cannot take her life because we were great friends,” Ms Nandi said.

Mr Hussein Kizza, the area local council chairperson said the election was free and fair adding that Ms Nandi conceded defeat.

“Both candidates have been responsible residents and relatives and didn’t have personal grudges. We just pray that police thoroughly investigates this case and gets to the bottom of the matter,” he said.

A resident who preferred anonymity to speak freely about the incident, said she saw two men dressed in black shirts and was able to identify one of them who attacked Nantale and stabbed her to death.

“I was with Nantale when we were coming from the musical show. Two men confronted us and they identified her .They grabbed Nantale and stabbed her. I ran away and called neighbours who took her to the hospital, but her life could not be saved,” the eyewitness said.

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