By Our Reporter

RUKUNGIRI: The Police in Rukungiri have two suspects in custody for questioning after their 85 years old mother was strangled to death.

Elly Maate the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson identified the deceased as Norah Bitamu, and the two suspects as Christopher Turyahebwa and John Twinamatsiko all residents of Nyamambo village Kibirizi parish Buhunga sub county in Rukungiri District.

Maate said that it’s alleged that the deceased has been in conflict with the two biological sons over a piece of land that the two men wanted to grab by force and the coffee that was always harvested by their aged parents for survival.

The police mouthpiece also told journalists that the husband of the deceased, Peter Kahandana heard an unusual cough by the deceased who had slept in a different bedroom, and by morning time when he woke up could not see her around.

“Considering the deceased’s record of checking on neighbours every morning, he could not bother tracing for her but prepared himself and moved to church for Sunday prayers” Maate explained.

It was at the time the husband returned from church at around midday when he got information that Bagweirwegye Medius who had gone to a nearby swamp to collect Papyrus had found the wife dead.

The matter was reported to Buhunga Police Station by the Area LC 1 Chairman, Mwesigwa Jackson who in turn reported to Central Police Station in Rukungiri and the scene was visited and documented by the DCID/O and team and the body was taken to Rwakabengo Health Center III Mortuary for Postmortem examination to ascertain the actual cause of death.

Maate said that the case of murder by strangulation was registered at Rukungiri Central Police Station under reference number CRB 160/2022 as investigations continue.

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