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'Uganda woman sets 21 houses on fire after husband cheats'

FIRE: Residents pick around their burnt belongings in Kalangala

SIX PEOPLE have been rushed to hospital after a scorned woman allegedly burned down 21 homes in Uganda.

An estimated 30 people have also been left homeless after the fire razed houses at Banga Landing Site, in Mugoye Sub-county.

According to the officer in charge of criminal investigations, Chris Yashaba, the fire is believed to have been ignited following a domestic brawl between Juliet Nakawungu and her husband Ismail Kigongo.

Officer Yashaba said Nakawungu allegedly set 21 wooden rental houses on fire after getting information that her husband had an affair with another lady identified as Jedah Nanyonjo.

"We are investigating the circumstances that led this lady to commit such a crime. We request all those with information to come and file statements with police for further investigations," Yashaba said.

James Mutyaba, one of the residents who lost property in the fire, said the blaze started from Kikongo's house but by the time they intervened to rescue their property, it had already gutted other neighbouring houses. Both kigongo and his 'mistress' were reported to be away in a night club.

"Before the lady started the fire, she bought petrol and was speaking of how she would burn the houses that belonged to her husband since he had started fornicating," Mutyaba said.

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