Suspected Rakai Serial Killer Arrested, Remanded To Masaka Prison Top story

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A man believed to have participated in the murder of Pastor Steven Mugambe and his family of eight has been remanded to Masaka prison. The suspect is Tanzanian national Vincent Fangesi “Kanyama” (29).

A man believed to have participated in the murder of Pastor Steven Mugambe and his family of eight has been remanded to Masaka prison.
 
The suspect is Tanzanian national Vincent Fangesi “Kanyama” (29).
 
Fangesi, a truck driver and a resident of Morogoro in Tanzania, was arrested in May at Mutukula town, a Uganda-Tanzania border post soon after entering Uganda.
 
He was taken to Rakai Police Station after being charged with murder on file CRB 015/13 Kasensero police.
 
Police have been keeping Fangesi's arrest low profile until he was produced before Kalisizo Magistrate Susan Awidi this morning.
 
Under tight security, prosecution led by Mariam Akiti informed court that Fangesi is believed to have planned the gruesome murder of Pastor Steven Mugambe of Kyebe Pentecostal Church in Kyebe Sub-county with eight members of his family on January 14, 2013.
 
It is said that Fangesi and others still at large, attacked the pastor’s home and killed him, his wife and other family members.
 
The accused person was not allowed to take plea due to the nature of his crime which the magistrate said is tried by High Court.
 
After the 20 minute court session, Fangesi was whisked away amidst tight security by armed plain-clothed security operatives and police to Masaka prison.
 
Pastor Steven Mugambe and his family were killed on January 14, 2013 after their assailants drilled a hole through their house. The killers then hacked the family to death.
 
The Mugambe family home was located in Kanabulemu village, Kyebe Sub County, Rakai district.
 
Other Mugambe family members who died in the attack are Noeline Nalinya, Berna Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo Musanya. Only four minors who hid under the bed survived the incident.
 
The murder of nine family members in one house captured national attention prompting several security organs to embark on a crisis operation to investigate the increased killings in Rakai district.
 
Barely a week after the murder of the family, another family was attacked and a 52-year-old woman hacked to death in Kirumba Sub-county, Rakai district in the similar manner.
 
Taban Khiriga, the District Criminal Investigations Officer, says they suspect that Fangesi’s group was responsible for the killings.
 
Fangesi is believed to have worked with another hardened criminal identified as Fred Mujulizi. Police released a photo of Mujulizi to the public in July 2013. He is still on the run and wanted.
 
According to detectives working on the case, Fangesi used operate in Rakai, Mutukula, and Tanzania. Mujulizi operated in the areas of Masaka, Sanga, Kalisizo, Kyazanga and Lyantonde where he has left a trail of murders in his wake.
 
Police described both men as experienced killers who would not hesistate to kill if they suspected they were about to be exposed.
 
Last year, the Director of Criminal Investigations, Godfrey Musana, told the press in Kampala that Mujulizi was not easy to track because he preferred to travel using motorcycles.
 
In 2012, groups of assailants went on rampage in Kyanamukaaka Sub-county in Masaka district killing seven members of two families in two days respectively.
 
However, police arrested the suspected assailants and later released them for lack of incriminating evidence. But the killings went on and up to 35 people were killed in a similar manner.