RUKUNGIRI – The Rukungiri Chief Magistrate Moses Kule Lubangula has been transferred following anonymous death threats last month.
Mr Lubangula has been moved to Masindi District and replaced by Ussein Ntaro Nasulu who has been serving the same position in Kotido District.
On September 2, 2019, an anonymous letter enclosed in a brown envelope, which also contained two bullets was directed at Mr Lubangula who has been the Grade one magistrate, lawyers Mark Mwesigye and Jonathan Bwagi and the Rukungiri district police commander, Moses Nanoka.
The authors warned the group to back off the land cases they were handling.
The letter characterised by scrambled handwriting read; “We know you and where you stay. We know all your family members. We know your office and your vehicle. We warn you to leave land cases because we are hired to kill you if you keep in the cases.
The letter added that “Your Friends are also known, so you have to listen to our demands. These bullets are yours in soon time. We are already paid.”
The threatening letter dropped at the residence of the State Attorney, Mr Richard Muhereza.
The death threats came less than two months after Isaac Sendegeya, a prominent lawyer in Kisoro district was gunned down by two unidentified gunmen at his residence in Nturo village in the wee hours of July 21, 2019.
When contacted for a comment on the matter, the Rukungiri district police commander Mr. Moses Nanoka noted that they are in the final stages of this matter and that they will soon come up with a final report.
“We are in the final stages of our investigations. We have so far a number of people who have recorded the statements and our team is summing up their findings in this case,” Mr. Nanoka said.
Nanoka added that no arrests have so far been made in the case.