Many of the roads in the area have become impassable following floods that devastated the area in recent months. They include, among others, the Lumbugu-Buyamba-Lwamaggwa road, which connects to Lyantonde district which was ruined by the floods from Lake Kijjanebarola.
Rakai Resident District Commissioner Charles Mubiru says that the individuals were intercepted at Kamuli village in Kibanda sub-county. At the same place, police intercepted two Burundians and a Ugandan who had crossed from Tanzania in April.
Moses Bakokyoyiga, a district councillor representing Lwamaggwa Sub County reported to police that Kyabingondo gave birth to a baby on October 28th, but to their surprise, she threw it into a toilet on Monday.
The affected residents are from the villages of; Kyandaaza, Kigeye and Kateerero located in Byakabanda Sub County. A Kampala based businessman Enoch Rwamirembe is threatening to evict them off the land they have occupied for decades.
Semakula, a prominent politician in the greater Masaka sub-region, served as Rakai district chairperson between to 2001 to 2011 before he was appointed Presidential Advisor on Local Government, a position he resigned in 2016 to contest for the Kakuuto County parliamentary seat.
Livingstone Kintu, the Kooki Chiefdom Finance Minister, says although the suspension of the ground rent collection will affect their operations, there is nothing much they can do since most of the people cannot afford it now.
On Tuesday, Museveni visited the area amid growing discontent and called for calm among the earthquake victims, saying government would provide 30 Iron sheets, bricks, cement and iron bars to each of the affected families to help them rebuild their houses.
Rakai Chief Administrative Officer Solomon Sonko says the district does not have the financial capacity to respond to the emergency. Sonko, who also doubles as the Chairperson of Rakai District Disaster Committee says that the district can only do so much.
Christopher Kalemba, the Kakuuto County Member of Parliament has applauded the relocation, saying it has been long overdue. According to Kalemba, the refugees had increased pressure on Kakuuto Health Center IV leading to severe shortages.
Mugisha blames their suffering on the delayed relocation plan by government. On May 25th, camp authorities received information from Office of the Prime Minister OPM that the refugees were to be relocated. Through the Camp Commandant, Fred Mugamba, the refugees were told to organize their belongings and wait for trucks from the OPM to take them to Kyaka refugee camp in Kyegegwa district.
Recently, the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Musa Ecweru revealed plans by government to relocate the refugees to Kyegegwa District by the end of this month. He said most of the refugees have become idle, which poses a security risk to Rakai district and the country at large.
David Ibanda, the Rakai District Criminal Investigations Officer, says they had launched investigations into the killings when they got reliable information pointing to Sserugo as the prime suspect. He says Sserugo disappeared from Kyotera before he could be picked up for interrogations.
Ibin Ssenkumbi, the greater Masaka Regional Police spokesperson, says Kaheru was picked following intelligence linking him to the clandestine mobilisation and recruitment of youths in Kakuuto and Mutukula, near the Uganda-Tanzanian border.
Rodney Mukasa, the Rakai District Internal Security Officer - DISO, says they are going to deal with the vigilantes in every way possible. Mukasa insists that vigilante groups are illegal and their actions are meant to incite violence.