By Jabel Kugonza
Greater Masaka is under intense security deployment following the resurgence of mysterious murders over the last couple of weeks which has put residents in fear.
The latest murders happened yesterday night as Annet Nampijja, a 70-year-old resident of Kasaali village, Masaka City was killed by unknown machete-wielding assailants and Monday night claiming lives of 3 people identified as Sulaiman Kakooza 56, Tadeo Kiyimba 50 and Kizza Nswa in Ssettalla village in Masaka City. This puts the total number of the killings to about 20 people killed by the Machete wielding assailants (Bijjambiya) since late July.
Police says several suspects have been arrested in connection to the murders and investigations have commenced. It should as be remembered that General Museveni also noted that the bijjambiya assailant were defeated in Masaka and brought Nakyambadde a victim to testify.
The Uganda Peoples’s Defence Force (UPDF) has been deployed in a security joint-task operation with the police to beef up security and hunt down the assailants. Brigadier Deus Sande, the Masaka armored regiment commander while visiting the crime scene on Tuesday morning where 3 people were murdered assured the residents that Security would contain the situation and restore sanity. “The UPDF has launched a joint operation with the police to hunt down the assailants” he stated.
The joint security task force was tasked with enforcing curfew time, since the murders are committed in the night and residents were warned on moving beyond curfew time.
Mr. Muhammad Nsubuga the South region police spokesperson linked the murders to the unresolved land Wrangles in the region. However, the Leader of Opposition and Nyendo-Mukungwe legislator Hon. Mathis Mpuuga attributed the murders to the failure of police to conduct sufficient night patrols when most killings occur.
Machete wielding thugs initially put the Greater Masaka region in panic between 2017 and 2018 during General Kale Kayihura’s reign as Inspector General of Police (IGP) as several families were raided and scores killed after being sent alerting notices.