Shock as police kill villager, 75By Shija Felician, Kahama Police in Kahama District have shot and killed a 75-year-old villager. The Shinyanga regional police boss, Mr Daudi Siasi, said Mr Kubeja Balebi had resisted arrest, prompting police to use force in an attempt to subdue him. Police shot Mr Balebi in the hand in the commotion, and the villager died at the Kahama Bus Terminal as he was being taken to Weil Bugando Medical Centre (WBMC) in Mwanza. He was initially admitted to the Kahama District Hospital, but was referred to WBMC after his condition worsened. Mr Siasi said police had earlier gone to Makongoro Village to arrest Mr Balebi on suspicion of assaulting a neighbour and damaging his property. But the suspect resisted arrest, and was shot in the hand in the ensuing struggle. He was taken to a nearby police post, where he was released on police bail and admitted to the Kahama District Hospital. Mr Siasi said a post-mortem had established that Mr Balebi died as a result of the gunshot wound in the hand. He promised to issue a detailed statement later. Some villagers said Mr Balebi had resisted arrest because the arresting officers were not accompanied by local leaders. "They went straight to his house without informing the local government?he resisted arrest because he was frightened. These people used excessive force, and killed him," said a villager who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals. Kahama MP James Lembeli called for thorough investigations into the death, adding that the errant police officers should be made to face the full force of the law. He said Mr Balebi grazed his cattle in a neighbour's piece of land, adding that the force used in arresting him was "totally uncalled for". "It was unacceptable to used such deadly force on a frail old man even if it's true he resisted arrest. I hope that thorough investigations will be carried out and those found to have acted contrary to the law be held accountable for their actions," the parliamentarian said.