Police Dismiss Rebel Claims In Luweero

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The Luweero District Police Commander has dismissed reports that the killings in the district are related to new rebel activities in the area. Five people have been killed in the district in the last two weeks raising fears over the people behind the killings.

The Luweero District Police Commander has dismissed reports that the killings in the district are related to new rebel activities in the area.
 
Five people have been killed in the district in the last two weeks raising fears and questions on the people behind the killings. The victims include Racheal Mukasanga, Dick Lubega and Denis Ssesanga all residents of Luweero Town Council. Also killed are Annet Nakaye and her child Joshua Kato, who were residents of Wobulenzi Town Council.
 
Luweero DPC Godfrey Ninsiima says some residents in the district are alleging that the killings are linked to a new rebel group called Bad Boys 13 (B-13). He says that although the group members are among the most wanted criminals in the district, thier activities and motives are tuned to stealing but not ousting government.
 
Ninsiima explained that preliminary investigations have revealed that Annet Nakaye and her son Joshua Kato were killed Nakaye’s jilted lover, whereas Dick Lubega’s murder is linked to land conflicts. The DPC added that for Racheal Mukasanga‘s murder, Police has arrested two residents that he identified Fred Musisi and Alabizi Abdul to help in investigations.
 
He however noted that police has arrested 20 members of the notorious B-13 group for engaging in other crimes that include robbery and possession of drugs but not on rebel activities.
 
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The Local Council 3 chairperson of Luweero Town Charles Ssebyala says the B-13 members have made the town council insecure and some residents were planning to attack their base found in Galuweero zone.
 
Amina Namubiru, a resident in Galuweero zone in Luweero town, says that the B-13 had made walking past 10pm difficult.
 
Saidi Wamala, a resident of Galuweero zone in Luweero town, says that they were frightened by the murders because police recently declared a night curfew to restore order but the situation is out of control after the assailants attacked Racheal Mukasanga while at her home.
 
Between 1981 and 1986, Luweero was the centre of a brutal civil war between the Milton Obote government and the NRA rebels led by current President Yoweri Museveni. To-date mass graves are still scattered in the area.

 

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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.