The victims of the six prime suspects in Masaka City killings include Mukasa Idrisa who was a resident of Kikungwe, Mugerwa Francis alias Kizza who was a resident of Setala village, Kakooza Sulaiman who was a resident of Senya, Nampijja Muhangaza 78, who was a resident of Kasali, Yeye Peter who was a resident of Bisanje village, Mulindwa Mad 44, who was a resident of Kiteredde and Nakato Maria a resident of Kalagala.
Police PRO Fred Enanga2
The joint security agencies investigating the rampant
murders in Greater Masaka have named 15 prime suspects after screening 68 arrested
At least 26 people have been killed using machetes, clubs and
other blunt objects in Masaka City and Lwengo district since July 21.
While presenting the joint statement to journalists,
Commissioner of Police Fred Enanga said six of the 15 suspects are connected
to murders in Masaka City while nine others are connected to Lwengo killings.
Suspects who are connected to Masaka killings have
been identified as Kawalya Yazid, Sserwadda Mike, Muwonge Jude, Kibedi Yowana, Nakakawa
Sylvia and Jjemba Francis. Police says the group formed the first cell based in
Kimanya –Kabonero division in Masaka City.
“These six suspects are linked to hacking and beating
to death nine people in Masaka," Enanga said. "They have confessed to committing the crime and
also informed us that they are part of the wider criminal gang but their cell
was based in Kabonero division.”
The victims of the six prime suspects in Masaka City
killings include Mukasa Idrisa who was a resident of Kikungwe, Mugerwa Francis
alias Kizza who was a resident of Setala village, Kakooza Sulaiman who was a resident
of Senya, Nampijja Muhangaza 78, who was a resident of Kasali, Yeye Peter who
was a resident of Bisanje village, Mulindwa Mad 44, who was a resident of
Kiteredde and Nakato Maria a resident of Kalagala.
So far Uganda People’s Defence Forces- UPDF, Crime
Intelligence –CI and Crime Investigations Directorate –CID have joined hands the hunt
for the killers.
Enanga identified the nine suspects in Lwengo district killings
as Kibirango John Bosco alias Boy, Sewankabo Muhammad, Namata Justine, Sebunya
Issa, Ngabirano Sebastiano, Kabayo Henry, Mutabazi Baptist, Kaganda Moses and Kayebula
Security links the nine Lwengo suspects to the murder
of Kabanda John and Kalya Vincent who were part of the first victims on July
21, 2021. Kabanda and Kalya were reportedly butchered by Kibirango John Bosco,
Ssegawa Muzafaru and Ssewankambo Muhammad.
Security alleges that that on July 31st, the suspects killed Nkaka
Joseph 51 and Kaweesi Godfrey who were residents of Nakalete village; on August
2nd, they hacked Bwanika Joseph who was a resident of Kiseka village; and on
August 4th they hacked Ddumba Joseph Lutakome while on August 12th
Lubega Aramanzani was also found hacked.
Other victims include Sowedi Kayemba who was killed on
August 15th at Mpumudde village, Ibrahim Sebwaana who was killed on
August 16th at Byangiri village, Galiwango Paul and Mande who were
killed at Nasiti –Ndagwe village, Mbazira Richard who was hacked at Kyambogo
village, Nantale Joyce who was hacked at Kasana parish, Bukenya Fred, Kilembwe Henry
80 and Lusiina Vincent 70 who were attacked by unknown assailants.
“There are three cells," Enanga said. "One is based in Bukoto South in
Lwengo and another in Kimanya Kabonera. There is a new cell that is still
active. Our joint task team of operational officers and investigative teams continue to pursue the characteristics of these offenders.”
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Fred Egesa, a security analyst, says Masaka and Lwengo
killings are an indication of a failed relationship between the community and
police. Egesa argues that if there was a good public and security relationship,
that group would be easy to neutralize because locals are always the first line
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This is the third time greater Masaka districts are
facing machete attacks. The last group that happened in the end of 2018 and
early 2019 left 13 people killed. But this wave has so far claimed lives of 26
Egesa adds that security is struggling perhaps because people who handled the previous
incidents were all transferred and didn’t leave any records that could be a starting point.
Senior Staff Reporter
Mr Joseph Kato graduated with a Master's Degree of Art in Journalism & Communication on February 02, 2024 at Makerere University. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Journalism and Media Studies which he attained in 2023 at Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway.
Mr Kato holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University. The Master's Degree studies and a decade of journalism practice have enabled Mr Kato to be one of the reliable researchers in areas of conflict, r