Residents of Bukomansimbi are yet to recover from the horrific robberies and murders that rocked the district in 2017.
On the 2018 New Year's Eve, Bukomansimbi district woke up to the sad news of the horrific murder of five people including a retired Police officer Denis Ssebugwawo.
Twelve other people were seriously wounded following attacks by unidentified assailants. Life is yet to return to normal in Kisojjo, Kisaaka and Kyabagoma villages in Butenga Sub County where the attacks occurred despite the arrest of key suspects in connection to the attacks.
In the wake of the attacks, Police arrested Musa Ggaliwango and Muhammad Kiddawalime as the masterminds of crime in greater Masaka sub region. Police subsequently deployed more personnel in the area to reinforce the civilian personnel that volunteered to secure their area.
Jascent Kulabako, a resident of Kisojjo says despite the improved deployment in the area, they are still skeptical about their safety.
Kulabako says besides the fresh memories people still hold about the attacks, some residents abandoned their homes for safety and have never returned.
//Cue in; "abatemu babadde tebanaba…..
Cue out…. Nga kizze wange,"
Edward Bwebale, the Kissojjo village chairperson, says residents are still living with trauma, but hastens to add that they are working with security agencies to restore peace and confidence among the community.
Bwebale explains that as part of their security measures, the local leadership resolved to ban hawkers from operating in the area to regulate the entrance of strangers until they are sure that security is fully restored.
He however, challenges government to supplement the efforts of the local council leadership with logistics that can help improve their mobility to effectively monitor their areas of jurisdiction.
//Cue in: "Okutwaliza awamu mulimu……
Cue out...okuyamba ku government."//
Mukasa Kityo, the Bukomansimbi Resident District Commissioner who chairs the District Security Committee told URN that they are currently reorganizing the area with intentions of putting in place a lasting security system to avoid similar incidents.
According to him, the security committee for instance still maintains their ban on trans-night discos, bars and pubs.
//Cue in; "ekiragiro eky'okuggalawo amabbaala….
Cue out…. nga agutusiza awakawe''. //
Swaibu Makumbi Sulambaya, an NRM political activist in the area has challenged government to further split Local Councils into manageable sizes of about 10 homesteads if it is to strengthen local security.