Three burnt to death, four others hospitalized in suspected arson attack.

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Police in Luwero district is hunting for unknown people who burnt three people to death and left four others critically injured in a suspected arson attack on an LCII Chairperson.

The deceased have been identified as Irene Nangobi, Esther Naigaga and Amos Ndaye who had visited the father in law Edward Ssekandi the LC II Chairperson for Kabanyi parish in Bamunanika Sub County.

The injured have been identified as Edward Ssekandi, Beatrice Ndibayebwa and another identified only as Kevin. The incident occurred at Ssekandi’s home at Kyabugga village.

Damiano Zziwa a resident says that they were called to rescue at around 4:00 am but they found two people dead as a result of suffocation. He explains that they managed to put off the fire and removed five other people before they rushed them to Bishop Ceaser Asili hospital for treatment after sustaining fire burn injuries.

He however noted that Ndaye died at the hospital over the deep wounds he sustained.  Zziwa adds that Ssekandi, wife, daughter and another visitor are still battling for their life at the hospital.

Zziwa revealed that Ssekandi told him on the way to the hospital that unknown people locked the house with a padlock before they set it on fire making it difficult for them to escape.  The intention of the attackers remains unknown.

Isah Ssemwogerere the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson says that investigations into the incident have already started.

The dead bodies have been transferred to Luwero hospital for postmortem.

In February, unknown people attacked a family and burnt to death four people at Kiziba village in Nakaseke town council

Justine Namagembe a widow together with two other grandchildren who survived the arson attack have since fled the home over the fear of repeated attack after the police failed to arrest the attackers.

According to the Annual Crime report released by Police last week, a total of 1,015fire emergencies were reported in 2020 compared to 999 in 2019 giving a 1.6% increase. 

At least 49 fireincidents were reported as arson attacks, 173 were caused by charcoal stoves/candle wax/matchbox cigar, 163 incidents by an electrical short circuit,50incidents were caused by negligence and 32 cases were due to electrical appliances that were left unattended to.

About 31 incidents were a result of overheating, 29 incidents friction/failed brakes, 24 incidents were caused by Sparks and 20 incidents were due to uncontrolled burning among others. Causes for 421incidents were not established.

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