Joseph Mukasa, a resident of Kijjabwemi was found dead at Kyabumba in Masaka district. His motorcycle is missing. Kuzaifa Mawanda, 24, was also killed on September 11 (last Saturday) almost at the same spot where Mukasa’s body was recovered.
Police have raised a red flag over the renewed
attacks of Boda boda riders and the theft of their motorcycles. It follows the murder of six motorcyclists in
the last seven days.
Police have recovered six bodies of Boda-boda riders in
Kalungu, Kyenjojo and Nakasongola districts. Police Spokesperson, Fred
Enanga, has identified the victims as Michael Segawa, Joseph Mukasa, Kuzaiga
Mawanda, Ariguma Monday and Patrick Kyarigonza. Enanga says unknown assailants waylaid
and killed Segawa at Bukulula in Kalungu district.
Segawa met death as he
returned from withdrawing Shillings 10 million from the village savings. “We suspect someone learnt about Segawa’s trip and
waylaid him. The money was taken but the motorcycle was abandoned. We suspect
the motive was clearly to take the money. His body was found dumped at Kabale-Bugonzi
road,” Enanga said.
Joseph Mukasa, a resident of Kijjabwemi was found
dead at Kyabumba in Masaka district. His motorcycle is missing. Kuzaifa
Mawanda, 24, was also killed on September 11 (last Saturday) almost at the same
spot where Mukasa’s body was recovered.
In Kyenjojo district, Monday Ariguma and Patrick
Kyarigonza, were found dead inside Matiri central forest reserve and their
motorcycles taken. The missing motorcycles
are registration numbers UFA 559C and UFB 231B.
Enanga has rallied Boda-boda riders to be careful
with lucrative deals from strangers. Police say Boda-boda riders land in
trouble when people offer good money for seemingly shorter distances with the aim
of killing them and rob their bikes.
“We want to urge Boda-Boda riders to be vigilant.
These attackers often come up with luring trips. They need to be suspicious of
very lucrative money and places they are being asked to ride to. For instance,
the Kyenjojo riders were taken into Matiri forest which is a deadly spot. It
needs for them to coordinate with their colleagues when moving in such places,”
Away from Masaka, Kalungu and Kyenjojo, an unidentified motorcyclist has also been killed and his motorcycle taken in
Nakasongola district. Police found him with a toolbox. A fortnight ago, three
motorcyclists were found dead in Wakiso District.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.