UWA workers arrested over missing residents

RUKUNGIRI.

Police in Rukungiri District are holding two Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) workers suspected of being involved in the disappearance of four residents.

Mr Julius Tindiwengi, 53, and Benard Byaruhanga, 38, both residents of Nyakabungo cell in Bwambara Sub-county, and Yosia Oworinawe, 42, and Jackson Nyesigire, 35, residents of Kafunjo cell, went missing on October 16 and have not been seen since.
The two UWA employees under police custody are Alex Asiimwe, 25, and Mohammed Lubega, 36, attached to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The officer in charge Rukungiri, Mr Michael Ogwal, said the two were arrested to help with police investigations.
“Preliminary investigations show that the two were in contact with the missing people the night before they disappeared. We have phone printouts to this effect and investigations are ongoing,” he said.

Bwambara Sub-county chairperson, Mr Dinah Rwakachaka, alleged the four missing persons were seen in the company of the park rangers before they disappeared.

What relatives say
The relatives of the victims say the four left their homes to go fishing in Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
A few days after they disappeared, police and community members searched for them in vain.
However, a panga belonging to one of the missing persons was recovered.

SOURCE: DAILY MONTIOR