Families of Murder Victims Cry out for Justice

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In short
Shortly after the attack, Police arrested six suspects in connection to the murder but released them under unclear circumstances.

Relatives of five people who were hacked to death in Nakaseke district last year are crying out for justice. They accuse police of failing to investigate the mystery murders. The five people were killed in separate attacks in June and September. The murder victims are Richard Kajubi and his Safina Namagembe, both residents of Kanyale village in Wakyato Sub County. The others are Isaiah Ndugga, his wife Harriet Nakubulwa and their son Andy Kaweesi all residents of Katale zone in Ssemuto town council.
Shortly after the attack, Police arrested six suspects in connection to the murder but released them under unclear circumstances. None of the suspects has since appeared in court. Samuel Ssewanyana, the brother to Richard Kajubi says that they were shocked when Edward Kyaligonza, the Nakeseke District Police Commander released the suspects on bond despite the overwhelming evidence against them. He explains that the suspects were involved in business competition with the deceased and had repeatedly threatened to harm them. He says that they notified police about the matter, but they ignored the issue and set the suspects free. Ssewanyana suspects that money could have exchanged hands.

Lubwama Mukubyasi, a relative to Isaiah Ndugga says that Nakaseke police is ill facilitated to track down and bring the culprits to book. He says that from the start of the investigations police has been asking members of the bereaved families for money for fuel and other necessities to facilitate the investigations but they don’t seem to have a break through. James Luswata, a resident of Ssemuto town council wonders which evidence police wants to pin the suspects on the murder, saying that after sniffer dogs led police to the suspect’s home. He claim that Ndugga was involved in a bitter row with one of the victims over a woman and there is no doubt he killed them in revenge. 

Richard Mavuma, the Ssemuto town council LC III councilor says that relatives of the deceased and residents have lost hope in the police leadership in the district. He says that they want Government to set up an inquest into the matter. Edward Kyaligonza, the Nakaseke District Police Commander denies the allegations made against the force by relatives of the murder victims. He explains that the suspects were released on bond after police failed to get evidence pinning to pin them in court.

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.