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Museveni Blames Bukomansimbi Attacks on Thin Police, Poor Neighbourhood

While addressing a gathering on Wednesday after visiting the affected families, President Museveni explained that when the thugs raided the area, some survivors sought for help but they could not get it since majority of the people were busy in bars drinking alcohol to celebrate the New Year.
President Yoweri Museveni arriving at the home of SSP Dennis Ssebugwawo who was killed in the attacks.

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President Yoweri Museveni has blamed the New Year's Day attacks in Bukomansimbi and Lwengo districts on poor neighbourhood watch and thin police on ground.

While addressing a gathering on Wednesday after visiting the affected families, President Museveni explained that when the thugs raided the area, some survivors sought for help but they could not get it since majority of the people were busy in bars drinking alcohol to celebrate the New Year.

On Wednesday, President Museveni visited victims of the New Year's Day attack which claimed lives of six people while a dozen others were left hospitalised.

Unknown thugs attacked four villages in Lwengo and Bukomansimbi districts killings five people instantly. Angry residents also pounced on unidentified man suspected to be among the killers and lynched him. His body is still being kept at Masaka mortuary as no one has come forward to claim it.

Among the dead was Denis Ssebugwawo Lumala, a retired police officer who was attacked inside his house and hacked several times on the head. Others are Jane Nantale, John Sseremba, John Kawalya and Gonzaga Kayemba.

Several others were hospitalised at Masaka regional referral hospital but only two are still in hospital.

One girl Nancy Nabifo who was attacked alongside SSP Dennis Ssebugwawo was transferred to Mulago Hospital intensive care unit.

President Museveni visited all the affected families and gave them some money, between two million and 10 million shillings each.

The president also gave each one of those injured 100,000 Shillings.

Dennis Ssebugwawo's family was given 10 million Shillings. Hadijja Nakanwagi, the widow says President Museveni also promised to pay tuition fees for all the 12 orphans as well as building a new house for the family.

The president reiterated the need to install cameras around the country to help identify criminals in the wake of escalation of insecurity in greater Masaka region. He said Winfred Kateregga, one of the victims was able to call her husband, Joseph Kateregga, who called police and then came for her rescue scaring the thugs away.

President Museveni explained that Kateregga was able to detect them because she installed CCTV Camera on her house located in Kisaaka. As soon as she saw them climbing the wall, she called for rescue.

 

As a result President Museveni told residents that his government plans to install security cameras around the country to fight criminality. The president also blamed the judiciary for releasing some of the suspects arrested previously for these killings.

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Museveni also grilled Latif Zaake, the Greater Masaka Region police commander, for failing to resolve these killings saying he seems detached from the residents. He therefore asked him to open up toll free call centres at sub county level to allow residents call police.

However, residents including local leaders are not happy that they were not given an opportunity to express their feelings to the president directly.

Edward Bossa, a resident of Kisojjo says they wanted to tell the president that lack of police posts in the area is one of the causes of insecurity but they were not allowed.

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Veronicah Nanyondo, the Bukomansimbi Woman MP wonders how CCTV Cameras will be installed in Bukomansimbi, an area where even electricity has not been extended. She questions the applicability of CCTV Cameras in rural areas.

MP Nanyondo therefore says President Museveni has not given hope to sleepless and panicking residents in the area who no longer sleep in their homes.

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But General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, who has since camped in the area, says they have got serious leads. He explains that they have recovered a number of clues from the scene to help in investigations.

Gen Kayihura says the availability of the dead body suspected to be of one of those involved in the attacks is a good start.