Tension is high among
residents and leaders of Kasaali town council in Kyotera district because of
the escalating crime rates. Residents blame the soaring crimes rates on the absence
of police in the town council to enforce law and orders.
Lutti police post, which used to serve five parishes
in the town council, was closed by the police management two years ago after
unknown thugs raided the outpost and made off with two firearms.
The affected are
Gayanza, Nkenge, Kyakonda, Biikira and Buyingi parishes.
The most common crime in
the area includes livestock theft, armed robbery, rape, defilement, housebreaking
and marijuana smoking. Benon Ssempijja, one of the affected residents of Gayaza village, says crime
was minimal when the police post was functional.
He however, says criminals are
on rampage since there is no one to apprehend them. Sempijja discloses
that machete wielding thugs raided his home in June and robbed him of over
Shillings 200,000. They reportedly warned to return for more money or else bump
According to Sempijja, they travel 6kms to report cases at Kyotera
police station, which costs them huge sums of money. He says the absence of
a police post has created room for residents to resort to mob justice when they
apprehend suspected criminals.
Mike Lumala Zizinga,
the Kyampagi Village Youth Chairperson in Gayaza parish, says that although the
firearms were recovered a few weeks after, police authorities declined to reopen
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He explains that their
pleas to reinstate the police post to step up security in the parishes haven’t
yielded results. Zizinga says village councils can’t handle certain cases,
which require police expertise.
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Milly Babirye, a resident of Kyampagi village has so far lost five mature pigs
to thieves within three weeks. She recounts a scenario in, which two
thieves she caught red-handed taking her pig threatened to kill her.
Babirye says that even when one makes alarm, the neighbors fear coming out of
their houses especially at night during a blackout. Last year, unknown
assailants dug a hole in the house of Ponsiano Sserumaga, a prominent farmer in
Kasaali and butchered him.
Residents blame local
leaders for protecting youths whom they actually know are agents of criminal
gangs that terrorize them. URN visited the former premises of Lutti police post and found it overgrown with grass.
The proprietor of the
building, John Mzee Kyeyune is contemplating allocating it to another person
since it has remained idle. He explains his family willingly apportioned land to
build a police post and a toilet but they were closed two years ago.
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He says that neighbors
are complaining about the overgrown grass and increasing crime because the
place is idle. Steven Kawuuki, the Lutti LC I Chairperson, says he has recorded
more than 100 cases since the year began.
According to Kawuuki, he currently forwards bigger cases to Kyotera police
station, which also takes long to respond or address them. Patrick Kintu
Kisekulo, the Kyotera LC V chairperson confirmed the problem, saying there are
plans to reinstate the police post in September at a new building in Gayaza
He says the post was
initially set up in an isolated place. The acting Kyotera District Police Commander-DPC, Rosette Sikahwa, says they
are working out modalities to reinstate the police post. She however, notes
that the process may take some time due to lack of sufficient personnel.