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Mayuge, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Police in Mayuge District have arrested a man suspected of fatally assaulting a drinking colleague in a brawl over a waitress at Sober’s Bar and Lodge in Kikubo village, Buwaya sub-county.

Diana Nandaula, spokesperson for the Busoga East Police, confirmed the identity of the deceased as Edirisa Wabwire, the son of Mr. Ali Wabwire from the same village.

“We got information that the suspect, who is being held at Mayuge Central Police Station, boxed Wabwire on the head and fell on the floor, resulting in his death,” Ms Nandaula said on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

She added that police picked the body from the bar and took it to Mayuge Health Centre IV mortuary as investigations go on, but added that murder charges have since been preferred against the suspect.

It has been established that the deceased and suspect are both Muslims who had stayed in the bar until around 2:30 am.

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The deceased’s father said he received the news of his son’s death at around 4am on Tuesday, adding that he is stuck with the body because he lacks the money to fund the burial.

“I want to appeal to the judiciary for fair judgment and to the government for financial help to enable my son to have a decent burial,” Mr Wabwire said.

Mr Twaha Ikoba, the bar owner, however, attributed the tragedy to drug abuse by both parties. “These people acted under the influence of drug abuse, because what I sell in the bar cannot make customers go wild to the extent of killing one another,” he said.

He noted that this was the first incident of its kind to happen for the over five years the bar has been operational.