Joyce Namigadde, the Luwero District Probation Officer blames the high cases of child abandonment on rampant teenage pregnancies, domestic violence, and poverty in homes. Namigadde says that although 34 children have since been reunited with their families, 68 are still under child care and remand homes.
Zubair Kasana Muzzanganda, the Chairperson of Kasana Pineapple Roadside Market, says that prior to the incident, the market used to close past 9 pm but due to the current tension, vendors retire at 7 pm. He explains that the vendors also fear walking in the night for fear of attack since the motive of the assailants is unknown.
Police introduced the roadblock at Kiwumpa village in 2017 to check on errant drivers and ensure adherence to traffic rules along the Kampala-Gulu highway. At least four Police officers have been manning the checkpoint since then.
Major Ninsiima Rwemijuma the Spokesperson of UPDF Team One, Central Region recruitment exercise explains that during the screening, intelligence officers detected Godfrey Muwanguzi a resident of Kaweweta trading center in Nakaseke who is wanted by Police in the area over cattle thefts.
Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Kadhi of Luwero Muslim district, who visited the suspects on Wednesday, says that they pleaded their innocence and called for their immediate release. According to Sheikh Mulindwa, the suspects told him that they committed no offense to live on a hill.
Emmanuel Nsubuga, a local leader in Luwero town has condemned the rising cases of defilement in the area. He, however, says that only a few suspects are successfully prosecuted, which doesn't deter others from committing the same.
The Luwero District Police Commander Living Twazagye, LC 3 Chairperson Chris Johns Buwembo and Buganda Kingdom representative in Bulemeezi County Ronald Mulondo tried to persuade the youths to unblock the road to ease traffic in vain.