Mbarara Engineer Death Probed

The police in Mbarara is investigating the death of renowned engineer Azaria Byobona on Monday.

Byobona died after unidentified people kidnapped and beat him on his way home on Saturday night. Byobona was well known in Rukungiri, Lyantonde and Kabale districts, where he worked as a civil engineer, before retiring a few years ago to go into private business.

Sources say that on Saturday night, Byobona went to Biafra bar in Kamukuzi division, Mbarara municipality, where he and a friend had some drinks. At around 2am, he reportedly left but was immediately kidnapped.

His assailants later threw him in a nearby trench, before he was discovered and taken to Nkokonjeru clinic for first aid on Sunday morning. He was taken home but his condition deteriorated. He died at Mbarara regional referral hospital on Monday.

A postmortem report showed that Byobona was hit on the head and limbs with blunt objects, and that he died of internal bleeding. Isingiro Woman MP Grace Isingoma appealed to police to investigate this death and bring culprits to book.

“I have heard [what is said] about how Byobona died but I am not satisfied with it I want to tell police bosses to go and investigate this matter and tell us genuine facts,” Isingoma said during a funeral service at All Saints church in Mbarara.

Mbarara District Police Commander Dickens Bindeeba said they were investigating the matter and that whoever was involved would be prosecuted. Byobona was buried on Wednesday at his ancestral home in Katebe, Birere, Isingiro.

Source : The Observer

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