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Suspect in Nakasongola Killings Arrested

The Savannah Regional Police Commander Caroline Akoth confirmed the arrest but declined to divulge details saying he is still a suspect and they need time for a witness to identify whether he is one who killed.
A suspect who hacked four people to death in Nakasongola has been arrested.

On Thursday between 1-3 pm, a machete-wielding man attacked Wabigalo village in Nakasongola along Kampala-Gulu highway and hacked four people dead.

The victims were identified as Lozio Matovu (90), Judith Odur (38), Amos Sekanza (7) and Mesearch Mawanda aged around 10 years.

Since then the police, Uganda People’s Defense Forces, local leaders and vigilantes have been tracing for the killer.

On Friday the suspect was arrested at around 5 pm by Police and soldiers from Uganda People’s Defense Forces on a tip-off from residents.

He was found hiding at Kabojja village, near Wabigalo village.

The suspect is now being detained at Nakasongola Central Police Station.

The Savannah Regional Police Commander Caroline Akoth confirmed the arrest but declined to divulge details including the identity saying he is still a suspect and they need time for a witness to identify the suspect. 

During the attack, the suspect grabbed Amos Sekanza from the mother and beheaded him. The mother managed to flee to survive being killed.

Sekanza dead body will be buried on Saturday at Kyalubambula in Kakooge Sub County.

Akoth says they need to first give time to the mother to bury her child before they engage her to identify whether the suspect in custody is the real killer.

She, however, noted that more investigations are being done and the media will be updated about the progress.

Meanwhile, the body of the local musician Kelvin Mutegesi also known as Sida Man who was shot dead in possible mistaken identity has not yet been handed over to relatives for burial.

The body was transferred from Bombo Military Hospital to Mulago Hospital for post-mortem and brought back to Nakasongola Health Center IV mortuary late in night. It is expected to be handed over to family today for burial.

Other dead bodies will also be buried on Saturday in Nakasongola, Kaberamaido and Nakaseke districts.

The Nakasongola District Security Committee led by Resident District Commissioner Dan Muganga donated 100 kilograms of maize flour to each family and mobilized transport for dead bodies which were transferred to Kaberamaido and Nakaseke.

They also called for calm as they investigate the matter and establish the motive of the killer.      

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