In Lwengo and Masaka, the Uganda police are reporting that calm has returned after 11 days without any new finds in Greater Masaka District.
According to Uganda police, the situation in the Greater Masaka District of Lwengo and Masaka has calmed down after 11 days without any discoveries.
In a statement dated September 13, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said the last incident of attack by the panga wielding assailants, was an attempted murder, on Nakyanzi Maria Yozefu, aged 61, which occurred in Kyotera, on 2.09.2021.
He said since then, It is now 11 days, without any new incident of attack, in the two districts and or threats of anonymous letters in the area.
Enanga however noted that some residents are still living in fear and frustration but assured that the Joint Security Task Teams are trying their very best, to put an end to the senseless acts of violence that claimed a total of 26 innocent lives.
“An additional 4 suspects who include; Kabuye Faisal aged 27, Tamale Frank aged 32, Musumba Bernard aged 22 and Kirenga Badru aged 47, were charged to court on the 10.09.2021 for the alleged murder of Kayemba Sowedi, a 29 year old businessman, who was waylaid and hacked to death at Mpumudde village in Lwengo district,” Enanga said.
“In our expansive investigations, 4 more suspects were tracked down and arrested from Kampala, in connection with the vicious killings. The Joint Security Agencies continue to maintain increased presence in the two districts, in close coordination with local leaders, politicians, community groups and the media among others.”
In addition, he said the police are jointly monitoring the situation and remain united in support of crime reduction and safety. He promised that on top of tracking down all the remaining culprits, they have proactively mobilised the community to help prevent further attacks against the elderly and other vulnerable persons.
He said they have also offered some security tips, to the elderly, local leaders, business owners and the community themselves on how they can refrain from such attacks.
“Although some local leaders were advocating for a strong arm type of policing, by arming the youth with pangas and related weapons, we strongly object to this arrangement and advise them to refrain from it, since it can lead to further acts of violence. The residents should be in no doubt, because we are doing everything necessary to restore calm, safety and security.”
“We shall ensure everybody including the family members who lost their beloved ones and residents who lost their livelihoods, get justice. We are also prepared and will ensure all suspects arrested, get justice through a fair and speedy trial,” he added.