Homicide Boss Okolanyi Takes over Rakai Murder Investigations

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William Okolanyi, the head of homicide department, has been deployed with dozens of detectives from Kampala to open up new investigations into the killings.

William Okalanyi, the head of Homicide Department in the Uganda Police, has taken over fresh investigations into the mass murder of nine people in Rakai district.
On Sunday night last week, nine people were brutally murdered in Mutagombwa village in Kyebe Sub County in Rakai district.
Unidentified assailants attacked the home of Steven Mugambe, the Pastor of Kyebe Pentecostal Church in Kyebe Sub-county and hacked him to death together with eight members of his family. The other murder victims include Noeline Nalinya, the wife to the deceased Pastor; Bena Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo Musanya.
Since this murder occurred, Rose Nabakooza, the Rakai district Police Investigation Officer and Alex Twebaze, the DPC, have been under fire from residents who accused them of not doing enough to investigate the killings. The residents accused the two police bosses of speculating on the killings by linking it to terrorism.
As a result, residents asked for a special probe to launch fresh investigations into these killings. Now, William Okolanyi has been deployed with dozens of detectives from Kampala to open up new investigations into the killings.

Okolamyi has opened up an incident room at Kyebe Sub County to kick start investigations into the killings.

Vincent Ssekate, the Police Deputy Spokesperson, says he believes with his experience in mass murder investigations , Okalanyi will help find the suspects. He says they have widened investigations into these killings by deploying an anti terrorism squad in Rakai.
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Okot Ochola, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, has maintained that terrorism is one of the leads they are investigating. He explains that he suspects terrorists to be behind the attack given the manner in which they did it. He also says suspected family land dispute is another lead police is investigating.
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According to police, one unidentified suspect has been arrested to help in the investigations. Police however declines to identify the suspect because it would jeopardize the ongoing investigations.
Josephine Naiga and Margie Namugambe who survived the attack unhurt say they are now living in extreme fear. The two are currently living in Kyebe sub county headquarters under heavy police protection.
Namugambe told Uganda Radio Network that they will never go back to their house where their relatives were murdered. She says they want to be taken to a secret location where they cannot be attacked again.
Their brother Ronald Mbaziira, who was cut on the head and hand, is currently recovering from injuries at Kakuuto Health Centre IV where he was admitted after the attack.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.