Masaka RDC : Senior Security Officials Involved in Makonzi Landing Site Attack

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Linos Ngompek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner says preliminary investigations show that senior security officers in the region were involved in the raid.

At least five security officials have been arrested in connection to the raid on fishermen at Makonzi landing site in Masaka district. Four of the suspects are Jonah Ssewanyana, the Deputy Internal Security Officer Masaka, Richard Mugwisagye, the Greater Masaka Regional Deputy Criminal Investigations officer, Joseph Luswata and Ronnie Kayondo, the Lwengo District Internal Security Officer.

The arrest comes after unidentified gunmen raided Makonzi landing site on Monday night and made off with fish valued at 80 million shillings. During the raid, the gunmen opened fire and assaulted fishermen before robbing them of their money and looted their fish catch. 

Joseph Lubega, the Bukakata sub county LC3 Chairperson told URN on Tuesday morning that at least 300 fishermen were affected during the attack.

As a result, a team of investigators was dispatched to the crime scene to investigate the incident. Linos Ngompek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner says preliminary investigations show that senior security officers in the region were involved in the raid.

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Steven Yehangane, the area Councilor says the attack has created terror in the area.  He wants all the officers investigated saying they could engage in subversive activities.

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According to police, some of the suspects have been taken to Kampala for further interrogation. Uganda Radio Network could not get a comment from the suspects since they are under tight security.

 

 

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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.