By Naboth Isaac Niwagaba
Kyanamira Sub County Authorities in Kabale District on Monday handed a vote of no confidence to the Rwesanziro Village chairperson in addition to withdrawing the stamp from the LC1 Chairperson after locals accused him of participating in the murder of an area resident.
The stamp was withdrawn today after the village committee passed a vote of no confidence against their Chairperson David Niwamanya in a meeting that was held at Kyanamira Catholic Church.
The meeting was attended by dozens of residents and the Subcounty Chief Zelda Lindabo.
The Officer in charge of Kyanamira Police Post Francis Tumwiine and Kyanamira Subcounty LC.3 Chairperson Deus Kamugisha were also present.
Niwamanya’s troubles date back to the 1st of October 2020 when one Byabagambi Methodius Sedume was reportedly murdered in cold blood.
The LC. 1 chairman allegedly stood surety of one Vanansio Mugisha who had handed himself to police and confessed that he killed Sedume before he was released on bond.
The suspect reportedly said he killed the deceased because he had attacked him at his home .
Residents accuse Niwamanya of making false statements at Kabale Police station that the deceased was a thief, witch and night dancer. They also accused him of standing surety of the suspected killer when he was granted police bond.
The vote of no confidence motion against Niwamanya was read out by the Rwesanziro Village Secretary Vian Mubangyizi. He said they suspected their chairperson had a hand in Sedume’s death.
Byarugaba Jane a resident in the same village accused Niwamanya of paritcpating in the murder of Sedume. She alleged that the deceased’s tongue and private parts were missing when he was found dead.
David Besigye, another resident said they were protesting the manner in which the case was handled by Police. He said it was unfortunate that the suspect had been freed while the deceased’s family is now struggling to survive without him. The late Sedume left a widow and three children.
Niwamanya was given a chance to defend himself. He denied all the allegations against him. He said he had only written introductory letters for people who stood as sureties for the suspected murderer.
After listening to both sides, Ms Zelda used her authority as the Kyanamira Subcounty Chief to withdraw the village stamp from Niwamanya. The stamp was handed over to his Deputy Ms Molly Tubarekye who will chair the village committee until investigations are over .
Meanwhile, Ms Zelda pledged to follow up the allegations against Niwamanya and bring them to a logical conclusion. She said she would re-call the meeting after two weeks to give a report about her findings.