The incident took place in the night of Tuesday 21st September 2021 in Rushubi business center located in Akarehe village, Bunazi cell of Karama sector where residents intervened to rescue night patrol agents attacked by 15 suspected thieves equipped with traditional arms including machetes and knives.
It is said that patrol agents halted the suspected thieves who declined to obey the order and attacked them which prompted residents’ intervention.
After rescuing patrol agents, residents apprehended three of the suspects and beat two of them to death.
The mayor of Huye district, Ange Sebutege has told IGIHE that investigation has started to establish circumstances under which the incident happened.
“We are investigating the case. We have convened a meeting with residents reminding them to tighten their security, uphold the spirit of solidarity but cautioned them against mob justice. We have urged them to provide information on time and help us during investigations,” he said.
Karama is among other sectors of Huye district with persistent cases of theft involving gangs equipped with traditional arms.
They have been breaking houses to steal properties inside.
Residents have been lamenting that thieves handed to officials are returned to the community few days after detention without proportionate punishments.