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Survivors of Pastor Steven Mugambe's family have started receiving police protection after they continued to receive threats. Taban Chiriga, the Rakai District CID, says police decided to put Mugambe's parents and siblings under close surveillance after the family started receiving phone calls urging them to abandon their interest in the case of the murder of the pastor and his family.

Survivors of Pastor Steven Mugambe's family have started receiving police protection after they continued to receive threats.
 
The Kyebe Pentecostal Church Pastor Mugambe was slain along with 8 family members.
 
Taban Chiriga, the Rakai District CID, says police decided to put Mugambe's parents and siblings under close surveillance after the family started receiving phone calls urging them to abandon their interest in the case of the murder of the pastor and his family.
 
Pastor Mugambe's mother Prisca Nakasiita says the family has continually received threatening calls since the murder of her son. The calls demand the family withdraw interest in finding out who killed Pastor Mugambe and other family members.
 
Nakasiita says not only has she been threatened along with her husband Lawulio Kato, but their surviving children have received the same treatment.
 
Mugambe's brothers Fred Kiryowa and Joseph Ssenkubuge have also have received anonymous calls issuing similar threats.
 
Fred Kiryowa and Joseph Ssenkubuge confirm that since the Mugambe family murder file Kasensero CRB 015/13 entered record, they have been living in fear for their lives.
 
Kiryowa says their fears were heightened when one former rally driver and fish dealer Ponsiano Lwakataka was first mentioned as one of the suspects and then released on August 1, 2014.
 
Kiryowa says they have since received many calls from people who call themselves Lwakataka supporters who demand they withdraw the murder file.
 
Kiryowa's father Lawulio Kato says he has been approached by hostile strangers about his son's murder.
 
On August 5th 2014, Pastor Mugambe’s family members petitioned the Chief Registrar of Courts of Judicature claiming that the pending case of the nine slain family members was mismanaged.
 
Through their lawyers Musika, Mugisha & Co. Advocates, they demanded that the case to be allocated to another magistrate who will expedite the prosecution process independently.
 
On Saturday, police arrested five people including Ponsiano Lwakataka’s two brothers, were arrested for trespassing on Kato's land.
 
They included Lwakataka’s young brothers Richard Ssendagire and John Ssekitoleko along with Richard Kintu, a Red Pepper journalist, their driver Badru Ssemanda, a resident of Kyebando–Gayaza and Gerald Lukwago 18, a student of Buddo SS.
 
They were arrested on Kato's property in Kanabulemu village in Kyebe Sub-county, Rakai district.
 
Kato says the five uninvited visitors demanded the family back off the Mugambe murder case. They also wanted to know who was behind the petition into the mismanagement of the murder investigation and trial.
 
ASP Isaac Mugera, the Officer-in-Charge of Kasensero Police station, says that the group was charged with criminal trespass with intent to threaten the late pastor’s family members and a file KSRO CRB 258/2014 was opened against them.
 
But the accused denied any ill motive and said they had come to pay their respects and deliver a condolence message to Mugambe family survivors.
 
Taban Chiriga says police not only have Mugambe's family members been threatened but journalists covering the Lwakataka trial too.
 
Chiriga says police is watching over the surviving Mugambe family members.
 
Steven Mugambe, the Kyebe Pentecostal Church pastor was murdered along with 8 family members in Rakai district January 13, 2013.
 
Others were his wife Noelina Nalinya, Bena Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo who were butchered with machetes and axes.
 
A file Kasensero CRB 015/13 was opened and later three suspects namely Asuman Muddu (18), a resident of Binyobirya village in Bukomansimbi, Vincent Fagesi, a Tanzanian national and Lwakataka were arrested in connection with the gruesome incident.
 
But Lwakataka was freed on August 1, 2014 after Suzan Awidi, the presiding magistrate, ruled that the murder charges against him be stayed until further notice due to various irregularities cited in the file.