Residents in areas of Masaka that were affected by the recent
spate of machete attacks are demanding regular updates of investigations into the killings.
At least 27 people were killed in the different villages within
Masaka, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, and Kyotera districts, as machete-wielding thugs
struck the areas during night hours.
Although the situation was eventually contained by joint efforts
of security agencies; the residents are blaming them for not giving affected
communities updates on the pursuit of the killers.
Steven Ssebunya, a resident of Kyoko village in Kingo sub-county,
Lwengo district who lost his immediate neighbour in the attacks, says the
community is still living in fear, but to their disappointment security has not
returned to brief residents on the progress of investigations.
He says they are disappointed that even when the local vigilante
groups handed to police some suspects they arrested during operations, the
Police are reluctant to give a brief on what they found out about suspects.
Ssebunya is worried that keeping the community in dark about the progress
of investigations may affect the morale of the vigilante groups.
//Cue; (Luganda) “twakoma okumanya….
Cue out: …..situlina
He adds that the lack of proper information about these incidents
has kept some elderly people out of their homes, which they deserted in the
wake of the murders as they feared for their lives.
Gaudencia Namaganda, a resident of Kagganda in Kingo Sub County,
who is among the people whose houses were painted with threatening messages
also indicates that they still living in uncertainty about their safety.
She also expected police to regularly visit the affected
communities to give them confidence and updates in the investigations.
“I don’t know for how long these wall paintings are supposed to
stay on the house. Security officers came and examined them, took some
measurements but they have never returned to explain to us what they found
out,” she says.
Jimmy Ssemanda a resident of Kisaaka village in Bukomansimbi
district and one of the survivors of the attacks also blames security for not
following up on them to find out how they are recovering from the physical
injuries and the trauma.
//Cue in: “embeera gyenzize….
Cue out; ……byagenda mu maaso.”//
Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson
noted that their teams are still engaged in corroborating evidence that they
have so far gathered to support the prosecution of the suspects. He adds that
they will engage the residents at the appropriate time.
He urges the local leaders to seek any information they want to
know from the police and eventually disseminate it to the residents.