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Six Family Members Perish After Woman Sets Herself On Fire

Six Family Members Perish After Woman Sets Herself On Fire

A family is in shock after six died when a woman set herself on fire in a house in Musalaba Village in Masode-Kalagi Town Council Kyankwanzi District, police said Friday. Authorities have since identified the woman as Mariam Mukankubito.

“On Thursday, Mukankubito spent a night sharing intoxicating drinks with other family members at her own expense. At around 03:56am (Friday) while in the house with others, she locked the door with padlocks and poured petrol all over herself. She then set herself on fire which spread to the entire house, causing death of six people and injuring five others,” Wamala Regional Police spokesperson Rachel Kawala disclosed.

Other fatalities from the incident are Mukankubito’s children Pamela Namubiru who is aged seven and 2-year-old Patrick Kisakye.

Julian Mukansime also died during the fire. Another person only identified as Rwabuhihi also lost two of his/her juvenile children Gerald Barley and Leticia Nsinga.

The injured include 32-year-old Nyabutono Mukambabuka, Ruth Namata, 16 and 10-year-old Mumbeja. The two other victims were not identified by press time. However, police said they were aged 32 and 7 respectively.

Police partially linked the incident to social strife. They also disclosed that the injured are currently getting treatment in Kiboga Hospital.

“The scene of crime has been visited and documented. The six bodies, including that of Mukankubito have been conveyed to Kiboga General Hospital mortuary for postmortem as inquiries continue,” she said.

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