By Arinda Nsheeka Wilfred
Cleophas Rukundo ,a third year student of Bishop Barham University College Kabale, a Constituent College of Uganda Christian University has died after being stabbed in a bar brawl.
Rukundo who is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a resident of Hamuganda village, Bukoora Parish in Kitumba Sub county Kabale District was in the wee hours of yesterday morning at around 04;00 AM while at New California T & J Transit bar and Hotel, a popular night spot and a hub for sex workers in Kabale town.
According to police, Rukundo who was dancing with a sex worker was surrounded by a group of revelers led by a one Tom, a resident of Kigongi A cell in Kigongi ward, Central Division Kabale Municipality before they started fighting.
In the process, Tom pulled out a knife from his pocket and stabbed Rukundo on the left side of the armpit. The police spokesperson for Kigezi region, Elly Maate says that Rukundo was rushed to Kabale Regional Referral hospital but died on arrival.
Maate also says that after the incident, Tom and his group took off. He adds that police has closed the hangout until further notice, as investigations into the matter continue.
This is the second similar incident to happen at New California T & J Transit bar and Hotel in less than four month. In May 2018, Stephen Kankiriho, a Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldier attached to the Special Forces Command-SFC was also stabbed in the stomach by Joshua Tusingwire, a driver a resident of Muhamya village Nyarwanya parish Rubare Sub County Ntungamo district while at the same hangout.
Kankiriho got into a fight with Tusingwire when he tried to forcefully grab a sex worker from him.