Benon Mugume, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairperson for Kakiika Division, has survived lynching by irate residents for allegedly conning them of Sh3million.
The Mbarara Deputy RDC Vincent Kamugisha, who had accompanied Mugume at the Resident State Attorney’s office, could not save him from being roughed up.
The said money was for out of court settlement case.
Mr Kamugisha retreated to his office a few metres away to save himself from the angry residents.
Had it not been police guarding Mbarara Resident Attorney’s office and the neighboring High Court premises who intervened, Mugume would have Tuesday gone to meet his creator.
However, Mugume survived with bruises and torn clothes.
The conflict between dispute started during the last elections in which Mugume lost the Kakiika LC3 seat to a one Brazio Gumisiriza Kyabwiso.
After elections, Mugume sued eight people from his rival’s camp over kidnap and assault. The case was set to be heard on Tuesday at Mbarara Magistrate’s Court.
However, on Monday, the residents said they had a reconciliatory meeting at the deputy RDC’s office and agreed that Mugume be compensated Shs3m to settle this case out of court which they claim they paid.
The residents were infuriated on Tuesday morning when they were told that the accused were to appear in court and that Mugume had denied receiving the Sh3million to withdraw the case.