The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has called for
the creation of village vigilante groups to counter the murders in the Masaka
The people in greater Masaka comprising Bukomansibi, Lwengo and
Masaka districts have been spending sleepless nights for several weeks not
following attacks by machete-wielding thugs seemingly targeting elderly people.
According to the Internal Affairs Minister, Gen
David Muhoozi, the thugs have hacked 26 people to death. In a report he tabled
before parliament on Tuesday, General Muhoozi explained that there is
heightened security in the region, which has left to the arrest of 11 suspects
in connection to the attacks.
He also revealed that he is considering tabling a
proposal in the cabinet for possible compensation of the affected families. The
Deputy speaker of parliament, Anita Among
directed that politicians from Masaka led by the Leader of Opposition Mathias
Mpuuga to return to the region and help resolve the matter alongside security.
She directed that like Arrow boys was formed to fight rebels in Teso region;
vigilantes from the village are formed to counter the murderers.
Among said that it is only through working with the community
that the machete-wielding assailants can be defeated. She also directed the provision of a special budget to handle the security situation in the
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It is not the first time that machete and iron bar
hitmen have targeted different parts of the country. Specifically in Lwengo and
Bukomansimbi, from 2016-2018, over 100 people were killed and dozens of others
injured forcing the then Police chief General Kale Kayihura to camp there.