The police in Lwengo district are holding four people on suspicion of the murder of two reserve force officers on Wednesday and terrorising residents in other parts of the district.
John Kabanda, 60, a resident of Bigando village and Vincent Kalya, 40, of Nzizi village, in Kkingo sub-county, were waylaid and killed by assailants on Wednesday night.
The double murder occurred between 8pm and 9pm at Ttagga village while the victims were on foot patrol. The killers used blunt objects to hit them on the head and strangled them after. Their bodies were tossed in a bush near the coffee plantation belonging to Zaidi Kaasa, the Ttagga LCI chairperson, where they were found.
In a joint search for the killers, police and residents managed to arrest four people in possession of reserve force uniform and other objects which were registered as exhibits.
Their arrest follows public outcry over the persistent attack on residents, most of whom have been robbed and wounded in the gruesome attacks that have rocked Lwengo since June.
According to detectives handling the case, the death of Kabanda and Kalya is connected to the operations of the racket of criminals whose four members were arrested.They declined to reveal details of the suspects so as not to jeopardise investigations into a very sensitive case.
Peter Akampurira, the District Police Commander -DPC has confirmed the arrest saying they are still looking for other members of the criminal gang.
Aloysius Kibira, the Kkingo LCIII Chairperson, appealed to the police and other security agencies to not only investigate the murder of the two officers but to go deep into the motive since the attacks have spread to different parts of Lwengo.
He further cautioned the residents to avoid moving beyond curfew time since the criminals operate during this time when the victim can hardly get help.
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Francis Ssekijjoba, the Chairperson of Kirasha stage in Mbiriizi town, is one of the survivors of who escaped with deep cuts on the right hand after being trailed to his home by the assailants.
He says that one of the thugs, who disguised as a security operative donning a Reserve Force uniform, stopped him on Wednesday morning and confiscated his Boda boda operation card and demanded ugx50,000. He later gave him a mobile number to deposit the money in exchange for his card.
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On Thursday morning, the assailant went to Ssekijjoba’s home to demand money with a panga which he used to hack him.
He made an alarm attracting his neighbours which compelled the attacker to flee.
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Joseph Lubega Bazonona, the Lwengo Town Council Chairperson, confirmed the ongoing operations to arrest more suspects.
He explains that they recovered different police and reserve uniforms following the arrest of the four suspects.