The political wrangles between rival Bukakata sub county LC3 chairpersons have taken a new twist with the police turning their guns on the embattled chairperson’s camp.
Police in Masaka are hunting for 20 people including five campaign managers of Joseph Lubega, the new Bukakata sub county LC3 Chairman, for their alleged involvement in post election violence in the area.
Police are specifically hunting for Kizito Nsubuga also known as Majemaje, Lubega's campaign director, Herman Kiberu, Robert Matovu, Nalongo Maria Namagembe, and another one only identified as Salongo DP.
Noah Sserunjogi, the Southern Region Police Spokesman, says the five campaign managers are jointly accused with 16 other people, for their involvement in last week’s election violence, in which property worth billions of shillings was destroyed.
Last week, Joseph Lubega’ supporters attacked and burnt property worth billions of shillings belonging to Aloysius Jjuuko, the defeated Bukakata sub county LC3 Chaiman.
The supporters also threatened to lynch Jjuuko, on grounds that he allegedly hired thugs to hack his rival Lubega to death.Lubega is still admitted at Kitovu hospital nursing multiple injuries.
Preliminary investigations show that Jjjuko has no hand in Lubega’s violent attack and all the people who destroyed his property are wanted for mob justice and post election violence.
Sserunjogi says police have not opened any criminal charges against Jjuuko, because there is no evidence linking him to his rival’s attack.
None of the wanted suspects could be reached for a comment. Lubega could not be reached for a comment either because he is still in hospital.
But his rival, Aloysius Jjuuko, has pitched camp at the central police station in Masaka demanding for compensation. Jjuuko wants 1.2 billion shillings as compensation for the destroyed properties.
Speaking to URN at Masaka central police, Jjuuko explained that the destruction of his home, car, piggery farm, video hall, school store, and the attempted murder of his family members left him helpless. He asks police to speed up the arrest of the suspects so that they pay him the money to enable him reconstruct his life.
Jjuuko claims that the attempted murder of 15 of his family members forced him to relocate them to undisclosed location for safety.
Last week, Mivule Secondary School, owned by Jjuuko was forced to close after suspected arsonists attacked it and burned down its store. However, more than 300 students who went are expected to return to school today.
Security both at Mivule secondary school and Lambu landing site remains tight.