Masaka Murders: Kayihura Camps In Area, Museveni Expected

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President Yoweri Museveni is today expected in the greater Masaka region where police Chief Kale Kayihura has camped to investigate numerous murders of residents in Bukomansimbi and Lwengo districts on new yearss day.

President Yoweri Museveni is today expected in the greater Masaka region where police Chief Kale Kayihura has camped to investigate numerous murders of residents in Bukomansimbi and Lwengo districts on new years's day.

Five people including a retired police officer were killed and 12 others are nursing injuries after they were  attacked and hacked by unknown thugs between midnight and 2am as Ugandans were celebrating the New Year.

Unknown assailants armed with guns, pangas and clubs moved to different villages of  Kiryasaaka located in Kkingo Sub County in Lwengo district, Kisojjo, Kyabagoma and Kyamabaale in Kibinge Sub County in Bukomansimbi district robbing and hacking people.
 
Those killed include SSP Denis Ssebugwawo Lumala, a retired police officer who was hacked several times on the head. Others are Jane Nantale, John Sseremba and Gonzaga Kayemba and another unidentified man. All these were killed in Kisojjo, Kyabagoma and Kiryasaaka. All these villages are neighbouring each other. 

Ssebugwawo's daughter, 15-year-old Nancy Nambuya, is admitted at Masaka regional referral hospital with head injuries.

According to Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima, the IGP Kale Kayihura is camped in the area to spearhead the operations against the assailants. He says the IGP visited each of the affected families and has pledged to bring the culprits to book.

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Kayihura has been in the area since New Year's day and is expected to spend more days in the area to resolve the cases. The attacks are part of the numerous unresolved killings that have rocked the region for years now. 

Last year, at least 30 people were killed in similar circumstances and up to 50 others were hospitalized in Lwengo, Rakai, Kalungu and Masaka districts. Police arrested over 100 suspects in connection with these murders although no one has been prosecuted.

 

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