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Nakitutulu Swamp: A Dumping Site for Bodies, Robberies

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Juliet Nankabirwa, who operates a tree nursery in the area, says about nine bodies have been dropped in the area since last year. She notes that they have minimized walking during night hours fearing for their lives. According to Nankabirwa, they often hear school children and women screaming for help from the bad hearted men trying to rape them.
Detectives led by the Mukono OC CID Catherine Tesiima at the crime scene where Maria Nagirinya was dropped at Nakitutuli last week.

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The bodies of Maria Nagirinya, a former social worker with Community Integrated Development Initiatives-CIDI and her part-time driver, Ronald Kitayimbwa were found in Nakitutulu swamp in Nama Sub County in Mukono district.

The body of Rehema Caesar Okuthi, the late wife of the former Arua Municipality Member of Parliament, Akbar Godi was also recovered Lukojjo in the same valley in 2008. Nakitutuli swamp is about half a kilometre from Takajjunge trading centre and stretches to Lukojjo village and Kisowera trading centre. 

The left side of the swamp is covered with thick trees and grass. The other side has a pine tree plantation. A tree nursery seats on the right side of Nakitutulu swamp while the remaining land has been cleared for farming. A number of drainage channels run from Kayunga road through the swamp.

It is in these trenches where the bodies of Nagirinya and Kitiyimbwa were recovered days after their kidnap. Uganda Radio Network has since learnt from area residents that these are not the only bodies have been recovered from the swamp since this year began. They mention two other bodies of minors and a student recovered from the same area.

Residents also say witchdoctors drop their fetishes in the swamp. They also claim that empty bags are often dropped along the road and nearby bushes. Local leaders also claim that some taxis stop in the area to rob people of their properties.    

Juliet Nankabirwa, who operates a tree nursery in the area, says about nine bodies have been dropped in the area since last year. She notes that they have minimized walking during night hours fearing for their lives.  According to Nankabirwa, they often hear school children and women screaming for help from the bad hearted men trying to rape them.

//Cue in: “Naffe omuntu omukulu… 

Cue out: …tuli bubi nnyo”//     

Mangadaleni Namuswe, another worker has nothing good to speak about Nakitutuli apart from recalling tragic murder incidents.      

//Cue in: “Kano a katundu…  

Cue out: … abantu baffa nyo”

Shafik Ssengabi, a resident at Takajjunge says police has been reluctant to monitor the area, which he describes as evil. He notes even the recently deployed Local Defense Unit personnel only monitor trading centres.

//Cue in: “Abantu babatira nyo…  

 

Cue out: …ekwatagana etya neri,” 

Halima Nankabirwa, another resident, says they find it hard to travel through the swamp since Boda boda riders no long work beyond 3 pm and taxis fear to park there during night hours. 

//Cue in: “Wano awantu wabi…

Cue out: …nkumi bbiri tebakuleta”//

Luke Agalo, a bodaboda cyclist at Nama stage, says they stop working when it clocks 6 PM for fear for their lives.  He notes that they usually take people crossing the swamp during day time because many of their colleagues have hit and motorcycles were stolen there.

//Cue in: “Asobola okubeera awo…

Cue out: ffe tubeera twanyuse,”//  

Balaba Mugalula, the Nama Village LC I Chairperson, confirms that the area has been full of evil, adding that they have arrested many people slaughtering stolen animals in the swamp.  

He says the village security committee and LDUs have intensified foot patrols following the recent incident.

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//Cue in: “Ekitundu ekyo kirudde…

Cue out: …ya LDU”//

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//Cue in: “It’s an isolated…

Cue out: …going on their”//

Fred Musonge, the Nama Sub County LC V councillor, says they have tried to encourage local patrols but they lack manpower. He appeals to the Inspector General of Police to allocate Nama Police Station a vehicle to conduct patrols in the area.  

//Cue in: “Abantu nebaleta ne…   

Cue out: …okubatambuza okutukako”//

The Mukono District Police Commander, Rogers Sseguya says they are in the process of equipping police with another motorcycle to intensify patrols in the area.

“We have also identified other sections on the road, which are not so safe where we have heard reports of people complaining of being robbed of their properties. There is now a joint effort involving local committees and other security organs working hard to apprehend wrongdoers along Bugerere road,” Sseguya said.