Mbale Student Kills Colleague Over Waragi

Police in Mbale are hunting for a 19-year-old student for stabbing a colleague to death after a disagreement over locally made gin commonly known as Waragi.


Menase Losike, a senior four student at Progressive High School, stabbed Emmanuel Lukoli a senior Senior six student at the same school.

The victim and the suspect, all from Moroto district, were sharing a rented room at Buwalasi view in Mbale Municipality.

According to students who preferred anonymity, the Wednesday night incident was sparked off by an argument over a sachet of Waragi before it degenerated into a fist fight. They said the two had a long quarrel before Losike stabbed his colleague to death and run away.

A student who identified herself only as Fatuma said the two had been good friends adding that they thought they were playing.

Diana Nandawula, the Elgon Regional Police Spokesperson, confirmed the incident saying they are hunting for the suspect. She said the victim died instantly after he was stabbed in the chest.

Nandawula said preliminary investigation indicates that the duo spent the whole day in the bar drinking waragi and suspects the incident was as the result of drunkenness.

Up to late on Thursday, the body of the deceased was still lying at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital mortuary.

In July 2012, a similar incident occurred at Bugisu High School in Mbale, when a female student stabbed of her colleagues to death and injured another. Lillian Nake then aged 20 and in Senior Four, killed Catherine Wegosasa and injured Caroline Marole during a fight over a pair of shoes.

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