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Thugs Trailed SSP Ssebugwawo For a Year

The killing of Senior Superintendent of Police Dennis Ssebugwawo Lumala in latest attacks in Bukomansimbi district has reignited fears among those once listed for killings. Ssebugwaawo is among the seven people who were killed in attacks on New Years day when thugs raided villages in Bukomasimbi and Lwengo districts. Ssebugwawos name was on the list of those targeted in the infamous anonymous letters dropped in Bukomansimbi in April last year.
A portrait of SSP Dennis Ssebugwawo who was hacked to death on New Year's Day.

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The killing of Senior Superintendent of Police Dennis Ssebugwawo Lumala in latest attacks in Bukomansimbi district has reignited fears among those once listed for killings.

Ssebugwaawo is among the seven people who were killed in attacks on New Year's day when thugs raided villages in Bukomasimbi and Lwengo districts.

The retired senior police officer was attacked at his home in the wee hours of Monday as people celebrated the new year. At the time of his retirement in 2016, he was the Regional Crime Intelligence Officer for Rwizi region in Western Uganda.

He was also the Local Council 2 Chairperson of Kisojjo village in Kibinge Sub County in Bukomansimbi district.

Ssebugwawo's name was on the list of those targeted in the infamous anonymous letters dropped in Bukomansimbi in April last year. Unknown thugs dropped anonymous letters threatening to attack and kill some people around greater Masaka region.

Mwalimu Abdullah Kato, the Deputy Pokino of Buddu, says in May last year thugs listed him alongside Ssebugwawo among those to be killed. Kato explains that the thugs asked them to prepare some money for them when they come to attack them.

Kato explains that since he and Ssebugwawo were believed to be rich people in Bukomansimbi, they should prepare reasonable amount of money for the attackers. He notes that the letters were confiscated and taken by police for investigations.

According to him, following the threat they abandoned their homes for some time for fear of being killed. He explains that police encouraged them to be strong since they were providing security.

Kato says after several months without attack in their communities, they became strong and returned to their homes. He however notes that every morning, they would call one another to ask whether they were safe.

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Private Deogratias Bbira, attached to the 5th Mountain in Bundibugyo district, is one of the sons of the late SSP Ssebugwawo. He says when the thugs listed him among those targeted for killings, he was worried but his father told him to be strong since police was following up the threat.

He says the killers executed their threat because police failed to protect his father. He told mourners last evening that he was demoralized to continue protecting lives of other people in Bundibugyo yet his own people have no security.

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Gen Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, has blamed the attack on police laxity. He says if police had intensified vigilance and patrols in these villages during the festive season, these thugs would be arrested.

Kayihura who was addressing mourners during Ssebgwawo's burial promised to intensify motorcycle patrols in the villages to curb insecurity.

Ssebugwawo was given a three-gun salute as he was laid to rest at his home in Kisojjo village in Bukomansimbi district.

Eleven other people are still hospitalized at Masaka regional referral hospital in critical condition.

Police is yet to arrest any suspect in connection with the attack.

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