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Kayihura Camps in Bukomansimbi as Assailants Strike Again

The Inspector General of Police; General Edward Kale Kaihura has offered to camp in villages of Bukomansimbi and Lwengo district, to attend to unresolved new wave on murders occurring in the area.

Kaihura rushed to Bukomansimbi in Monday, following a grisly incident in which 5 five people including a retired police officer (Retired SSP Denis Ssebigwawo)Â were murdered by unknown assailants who also left ten more others nursing injuries.

In the wee hours of Sunday, suspected thugs raided villages of Kyamabaali, Kisojjo, Kyabagoma and Kisaaka in Bukomansimbi and Lwengo districts respectively where they conducted their inhuman attacks.

Concerned with extraordinary and seemingly coordinated similar form of murder that is characterized by the use of blunt objects on victims, Kaihura has decided to give a special attention to investigations into the killings.

“I am going to camp here just like I did in Wakiso where murder has become a problem. We want to ensure that this problem is decisively resolved,” he noted while addressing residents on the affected communities in Kibinge Sub County.

In his address, the IGP urged for more community vigilance which he says will help security agencies get hold of the suspects and eventually prevent similar occurrences.

He accordingly re-echoed his security model of ‘neighborhood watch’, arguing that unless communities embrace this anti-crime strategy in their respective areas, it may increasingly become so complicated for security agencies to effectively handle the situation.

The IGP who was franked by other senior Investigations and intelligence officers from the virus departments at Police Headquarters; revisited the crime scenes before assuming tasks of analyzing the situation and interviewing the survivors to help in the investigations.

According to Kaihura, their investigations could as well as look into possibilities of activities of terrorism, given the manner and consistency of the attacks.

Kaihura’s personal intervention in analyzing the security situation in the crime-ton districts of Bukomansimbi and Lwengo, has been interpreted as being long overdue because similar incidents have been witnessed since 2015 and have remained a matter of public concern in the whole greater Masaka sub region.

Hajj Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi district chairperson demands that police carries out thorough investigations into the killings that have dragged his residents in great fear.

Notably, while police have previously associated these attacks to organized criminality of theft, some residents downplay that assumption saying that in many incidents, the assailants have not been taking property.

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