A burial in Fort Portal City’s Rubingo North Division of Uganda turned chaotic on Sunday after irate mourners set the body of the deceased on fire.

Amos Mugume was allegedly pursued, shot and killed by security operatives last Friday after he reportedly cut Mr Patrick Kyomuhendo, who found him stealing from a neighbours’ house with a machete on the chest, legs and sliced off two of his fingers.

On Saturday, relatives declined to dig the grave for the deceased until the family reportedly parted with Shs 200,000. However, when the body was brought home on Sunday, a sharp disagreement erupted between Mugume’s mother, Ms Pricilla Friday and one of her sons and mourners on the other hand. The mother wanted the casket containing the remains of Mugume moved into the house before burial, but one of her sons and mourners objected, arguing that the late Mugume was a criminal and kidnapper underserving of a decent burial.

However, hell broke loose after the mother and some relatives managed to move the body into the house where they locked the doors and relocated the corpse to another room after removing it from the coffin. The deceased’s dissenting brother was already in the house and after a bitter quarrel, a fight broke out between him and other relatives, attracting the wrath of charged mourners who broke the door and forced their way in. They first vandalised the casket and used the wooden pieces to set fire.

The marauding mourner overpowered and forced Ms Friday and her associates to flee upon which the funeral-goers removed and dumped the body of Mugume in the compound, piled wood on it and got fuel from nearby boda boda riders and set the corpse alight. They then picked stones and bricks from the neighbourhood to fill Mugume’s grave and poured the food being prepared into the fire.

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