NEBBI. Uganda national teachers’ union (UNATU) Nebbi branch members have petitioned the office of the resident district commissioner (RDC) to allow them stage a peaceful demonstration over the murder of one of their colleagues.

Vincent Tibamwenda, a teacher at Erussi secondary school was last week stoned to death and his body burnt to ashes by a mob in Parombo town council who mistakenly identified him as a motorcycle thief.

Police has since not arrested any suspect in relation to the gruesome murder of the teacher though pictures circulated in the social media could easily identify some of the suspects.

According to Mr Innocent Onegiu, the Nebbi UNATU chairperson, the teachers had planned to demonstrate on Thursday so as to express their bitterness towards the manner in which their colleague was murdered.

“The union had planned to conduct a peaceful demonstration in Nebbi town right from the district headquarters through the market lane and end at the RDC’s office but we have been blocked by the RDC,” Onegiu said.

When contacted, Ms Basie Modesta Ajilong, the Nebbi RDC maintained that demonstration is not necessary since the teacher was murdered by a mob of which up to date, no one has been arrested in connection to the murder.

“Instead of the demonstrating, we should contribute money as stakeholders and travel to Bullisa to support the deceased’s family,” Ajilong advised.

She however condemned the mob action saying the angry youths would have arrested Tibamwenda and handed him over to police instead of killing him.

Ajilong noted that investigations are still ongoing in to the case and soon those who participated in Tibamwenda’s murder will be arrested and brought to book.

In November last year, a suspected car thug was trailed from Parombo to Nebbi town where he was stoned but police managed to rescue him from the hands of the mob before he breathed his last.