Migyera Police Officers Under Investigation over Murder of 2 Children

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Officers of Migyera Police Station are in trouble for neglect of duty leading to murder of two children by their father in a domestic wrangle. The Savannah Regional Police Commander Musa Nabende has ordered the Police Professional Standards Unit to investigate Richard Malumba the Officer in charge and Criminal Investigation Officers at Migyera Police station.

Officers of Migyera Police Station are in trouble for neglect of duty leading to murder of two children by their father in a domestic wrangle.
 
The Savannah Regional Police Commander Musa Nabende has ordered the Police Professional Standards Unit to investigate Richard Malumba the Officer in charge and Criminal Investigation Officers at Migyera Police station.
 
Nabende's order cames after residents threatened to stage fresh protests accusing police of failing to prevent murder of Davis Seguya (4) and Ronia Tebutyanga (3) by their father Ronald Batte at Ddembe village in Migyera town.The dead bodies were recovered after their father turned up at Migyera Police and led the officers to the bushes where he had left their bodies. 
 
However the residents and local leaders have blamed the murder on officers led by ASP Richard Malumba for failing to respond when the woman reported the suspect after a series of death threats.
 
Edward Ssendigya, a resident, explains that the father of the children had been arrested by police and released with no charge after his wife Teopista Ndikibulirani reported him for attempting to kill her.
 
He adds that the man had also attempted to commit suicide claiming that he was stressed because the woman had refused to return to their marital home.
 
On Sunday, Batte attacked Teopista, beat her up and took away two of their children. Ssendigya says he immediately reported the incident to police who did not take any action.
 
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Samuel Mwanga, another resident, says that because residents are disappointed with how police mismanaged the case, they had resolved to kill Batte and burn the station. Police thwarted the attack by firing tear gas and live bullets. 
 
The Officer in charge of Migyera Police station ASP Richard Malumba denied the allegations and says that police was looking for the man when he turned up at station after killing his children.
 
RPC Musa Nabende says that the complaints of residents cannot be taken lightly and he has himself rushed to the scene to investigate their allegations and calm the residents.
 
Nabende however notes that Ronald Batte has regretted the incident and claimed he was possessed by evil spirits that were telling him to kill the children.
 
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The dead bodies are expected to be buried at Kazwama Village in Kalungi sub county on Friday.
 
Batte is also expected to appear in court for extra judicial statement as investigations start.
 
Migyera Town council is calm.
 
This is not the first complaint by residents against Nakasongola police.
 
In November 2013, Juma Kawuma was brutally murdered in his saloon at Kiryabyoya Trading Centre in Nakitoma Sub County. Police picked eight suspects but released all of them under unclear circumstances.

This prompted residents to petition parliament to investigate the police. 
 
Parliament through Gener,Labour and Social Development committee are investigating the police and the case.
 

 

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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.