Angry villagers from the area of T/A Kuluunda on Friday attacked and set ablaze a house belonging to Group Village Head Woman Kuluunda, who was last month appointed as acting T/A after the suspension of Adija Biti Chapola.
According to Salima Police Spokesperson Gift Chitowe the villagers have also touched 20 houses of relatives or supporters of the suspended chief.
“Apart from those that were set on fire some houses have been damaged and property damaged,” said Chitowe.
He further said that the perpetrators of the violence have even killed livestock belonging to the suspended chief’s relatives.
Chitowe has also confirmed that so far five people have been arrested in connection with the violence and said more will be picked.
The violence follows another which erupted on Monday at Kachulu Head Quarters where villagers disrupted an Area Development Committee (ADC) meeting and beat up committee’s secretary Daudi Hussein, who is also son to the suspended chief.
The five who have been arrested are Azibi Adam (24), Ibrahim Adam (21), Alex M’dala (40), Phonex Mangwere and Harry Soko (19).
According to sources the villagers are challenging the decision to put Group Village Head Woman Kuluunda who is a direct sister of the suspended chief and have threatened to respond with violence if she still stays as acting chief.