police are holding three of their own for negligence of duty following an
attack by machete welding thugs on Sunday night. The affected are Inspector of Police Umar
Ssenyonga, the Officer in Charge of Wabigalo Police Post and two others only
identified as Odeke and Otuke.
were arrested on Tuesday on the orders of Asuman Mugenyi, the Director
Operations Uganda Police Force and Grace Akullo, the Director Criminal
Investigations Directorate. Mugenyi says the officers are locked up for failing
to rush to the crime scene when the machete welding thugs hacked Fred Bulega and
Fred Mujuni, both residents of Kitego village to death despite the fact that
their post was a short distance away.
The lifeless bodies
of the attack were found in bushes at Wabigalo
trading center at around 6:20am.This was the second attack by machete welding
thugs on the same village within the same week. According to Mugenyi, the
officers were away from their duty station during the second attack, which can’t
that the Nakasongola District Police Commander, Patience Namara and officers
from the Central Police Station arrived at the crime scene before the team from
Wabigalo Police Post, which is a short distance away. He apologized to the
residents, saying a competent team of officers will be deployed to man the
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On Tuesday afternoon,
Mugenyi and Akullo visited the crime scene where
they interviewed residents on the attacks. Nathan Musoke, the LC 1 Chairperson Wabigalo
asked the police Directors to beef up security in the area saying residents are
living in fear of more attacks. Residents
also decried the poor staffing and facilitation of officers at the outpost.
two police bosses ordered that a Police Patrol be deployed to patrol and
respond to any emergency in the trading center. The arrest of the
officers comes a few days after residents openly declared loss of trust in the
police force because of negligence and inability
to avert the renewed machete attacks.
During a security meeting held on Monday
evening in Wabigalo trading center, residents asked Nakasongola Resident
District Commissioner, Dan Muganga to cause the deployment of soldiers from
Nakasongola Military barracks to conduct patrols in the area, saying police has
Thursday, a machete welding man hacked four in Wabigalo village. The victims
included Lozio Matovu (90), Judith Odur (38), Amos Sekanza (7) and Mesearch
Mawanda aged around 10 years. So far six people have been killed in the attacks.