The officer-in-charge of Karago police station, Gabriel Kamara shot the two brothers on Monday for allegedly resisting arrest. The duo was ordered a local council resolution to grant Andreya Kamugisha access to a piece of land he reportedly bought from their father 18 years ago.
Christopher Tumusiime, a resident of the area explains that prior to his death, Atugonza's father sold a small piece of land to Kamugisha and created a path for him to access his land. Tumusiime, who was left in charge of the family, says Atugonza and Tugume blocked the path, claiming that Kamugisha's goats were using it to destroy their crops.
He explains that Kamugisha sought intervention from the village leadership which convened on Friday last week and directed the two siblings to grant him access to his land. According to Tumusiime, the two brothers rejected the resolution prompting the local authorities to call Kamara to apprehend them.
He explains that the officer opened fire when Atugonza and Tugume allegedly stormed out of the house with a spear and machete respectively and tried to attack him.
Atugonza was hit in the shoulders and died while being rushed to hospital. Tugume was hit on the right leg and is admitted at Virika hospital in Fort Portal. The village council officials haven't yet commented and they had reportedly gone into hiding fearing mob action.
The Rwenzori region spokesperson, Lydia Tumushabe says the officer could be charged with manslaughter despite the fact that could have acted in self-defense.