Jinja teenager loses palm in pilao fight

Police in Jinja city have arrested three men accused of chopping off the right palm of a 15-year-old juvenile during a fight for rice and meat (pilao) at a graduation party.

Kiira region Police spokesperson James Mubi identified the victim as Shafic Sizomu, while those arrested is Yasin Eguma, 22; Ziyadi Akidi, 18; and Norman Kabale, 18.

Mubi says the prime suspect only identified as Majidu, disappeared from the scene of the crime after committing the offence.

Mubi while speaking to New Vision on Tuesday at the regional Police headquarters in Jinja city, said Sizomu, a resident of Kainogoga cell in Mafubira, Jinja northern division, lost his palm while attending a graduation party.

Brewing of trouble

Mubi added that while at the party, Sizomu and his friends lined up at the serving table. However, the three thugs pushed them from the line and forcibly grabbed a saucepan filled with rice and meat (pilao).

“While Sizomu and his friends were leaving the party venue, they were waylaid by the suspects, which sparked off a fistfight between the two parties prompting one of the thugs to draw out a panga from his trousers and chop off Sizomu’s right palm before fleeing,” Mubi said.

He added that Sizomu, who was heavily bleeding, was rescued by fellow partygoers who rushed him to a nearby clinic for treatment.

Mubi said later he was transferred to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital where he is still getting treatment.

Sizomu called for the prosecution of the trio to get justice.

Mubi said the culprits will face two charges of attempted murder and causing grievous body harm.

He urged Mafubira residents to remain calm since the prime suspect, Majidu, who is still at large, is being tracked.

He added that police detectives have so far conducted a search in his rented room in Kainogoga cell where they managed to recover a blood-stained panga hidden under the bed.

Source: New Vision