The President pledged that the government was to cater for the education of Ssebugwawo’s eight orphans, reconstruct the slain officer’s house as well as support the widow to start an income-generating project to enable sustain the remaining family.
The family of the slain Police officer Denis Lumala Ssebugwawo of
Kisojo village in Bukomansimbi district has accused the government of not
fulfilling the pledge of compensation.
Ssebugwawo who before his retirement in 2016, served as Rwizi
Regional Police Crime Intelligence Officer was brutally killed alongside his
12-year-old granddaughter Nancy Navumbya when assailants attacked their home on
New Year’s Eve 2018.
On the same night, the machete-wielding assailants also murdered
five more people who included Jane Nantale, John Sseremba, John Kawalya and
Gonzaga Kayemba who were also residents in the neighbouring Kyamabaale village,
in Kibinge Sub County.
However, four years later, relatives of the deceased are yet to
receive any government support and compensation which was promised by President
Museveni when he visited the area.
The President pledged that the government was to cater for the education
of Ssebugwawo’s eight orphans, reconstruct the slain officer’s house as well as
support the widow to start an income-generating project to enable sustain the
All the pledges according to the family members have remained
unfulfilled despite the assurance they were given and follow-ups they have made
to the different government offices.
Violet Nabankema, a sister to the deceased, who was also among the
dependents says the President promised to support the widow to establish a
poultry farm in addition to three dairy cows, but none of these promises has
been fulfilled. She adds that the family is now struggling to survive.
She says they tried their efforts to help Ssebugwawo’s widow
secure the support without success, and were surprised to see the president
compensating families that lost relatives to the recent similar murder
incidents that occurred in Masaka and Lwengo districts.
Last week, President Museveni met 25 representatives from families
whose relatives were killed in the recent Masaka murders. He handed to
each of them shillings 20 million as compensation for the deaths.
But Moses Nkalubo, a brother to the Sseugwawo says that they are disappointed
with the government for failure to meet the promises yet the deceased diligently
served the country.
He says the government has abused the trust the family had vested in it.
Nkalubo indicates they had expected the government to be honest to the late
Ssebugwawo by helping to preserve his legacy by at least sponsoring the education
of two of his children.
“government yali bade….
Cue out; …..kasita ono
Milly Babalanda, the Minister for Presidency declined to comment
on the matter when contacted.
But Joseph Ssewava Mukasa, a Communications Assistant in the
Office of NRM Chairperson advises the family to make a formal reminder to the President.
Ssewava says that the matter was initially being handled by the
former Inspector General of Police; General Edward Kale Kaihura who left office
before the pledges were met.