At leats [sic\ four people suspected to be cattle rustlers were lynched yesterday at Igwambiti village in Buhongwa on the outskirts of Mwanza.
Buhongwa Ward Councilor Benedict Kabadi confirmed the incident saying he received the news too late to save them and that by the time authorities got to the crime scene the four had already been killed by the angry mob.
He said angry villagers caught one of the suspected rustlers, Joseph Mwita and beat him until he named his supposed accomplices.
Kabadi said Mwita took the enraged villagers to Igwambiti village where he identified three of his supposed accomplices only to have the mob lynched them.
Kabadi said the mob of villagers is believed to have been more than 1,000 in number and after they killed three of the suspected rustlers they headed out to one Mafisi Mwita, a butcher and the fourth suspect in the rustling ring.
The mob beat him to death also.
This time however police arrived at the crime scene to find the lynching still in progress and it is reported that they had to use tear gas to disperse the angry villagers.
Kabadi also revealed that the villagers took with them Joseph Mwita who had gone to show them his accomplices and his whereabouts remain unknown.
Mwanza Regional Police Commander Valentino Mlowola said three people have been arrested in connection with the killings.
He said police were still investigating to apprehend all those involved in the incident. The RPC warned Mwanza residents not to take the law into their hands but to have faith in the country’s justice system.
Those killed were identified as Ezekiel Lucas (27), Kusekwa Lucas (25), Masumbuko Kisinza (30) all from Igwambiti village and a butcher, Mafisi Mwita (30) whose residency was not specified.