The Joint Task Teams countering and actively investigating the vicious murders in Masaka and Lwengo districts. Continue to register more success in their operations. During the course of last week a total of 12 suspects were charged to court for murder and related conspiracies. Those charged include; Sewankambo Muhammad, a 32-year-old, male adult; Kibirango John Bosco, aged 40, Ssekajugo Paul, aged 42; Mutabazi Batisita aged 36; Kabayo Henry; Kaganda Moses aged 30; Tumwesigye aged 26; Kayiza Ashiraf aged 20, Ssebunya Isa aged 35; Kyabula David aged 30, Sserwada Mike aged 34 and Muwonge Jude aged 38.
An additional 11 suspects are pending court, after their case files were sanctioned. The now 23 suspects, admitted to participating in the murderous rampage, and led the task team to selected scenes of crime, for reconstruction. The task team continues to hunt for Mulumba Kassim aged 25, who is on the run, after attempting to murder, Nakyanzi Maria Yozefu aged 61, in Kyotera . The victim’s condition is out of danger and progressing well.
In addition, our task teams managed to foil attacks in Butenga, Bukomansimbi after machete welding assailants were sighted while looking for prospective murder victims. We want to thank the public in the three districts of Masaka, Lwengo and Bukomansimbi for volunteering information and for their level of increased vigilance. Some of the killers in Masaka and Lwengo were identified with the help of the community. Their cooperation has helped deter the vicious killers from spreading further havoc across the 3 districts.
Meanwhile, two Hon. Members of Parliament, namely; Hon. Allan Sewanyana and Hon. Muhammad Segirinya are expected to appear, at Masaka District Police Headquarters for statement recording, as the masterminds behind the vicious murders. The suspects in their admissions clearly indicate how they were recruited, taken through the intentionally designed plans in a meeting at Ndeeba, and create animosity against elderly victims, who do not share their views. The suspects were promised wealth as a motivating factor. And that it is under the command of the two politicians that the victims were hacked and beaten to death. It is further alleged that the politicians facilitated the movement of the assailants and induced them to commit the atrocities against their victims.
To the media fraternity, we are aware the murderous rampage in Masaka and Lwengo is of great news value, but we urge you to report objectively, and avoid sensationalizing the vicious murders. Linking the murders to other traditional crimes of burglary without proof, can easily inspire copycat murders and promote unnecessary fear and panic in the public.
We want to thank our task teams for their tremendous work on this important investigation. The arrests and persons charged to court on evidence, shows our resolve to tackle all forms of senseless violence and impunity.
CP Fred Enanga
6th September 2021