Asuman Byakika, a fisherman says that due to the current flooding, police operatives rarely patrol the river banks, which has bred insecurity in the area.
Detectives inspect the scene of crime.
Kiira region are investigating circumstances, under which an unidentified man was
killed and his body dumped adjacent to the source of River Nile gardens in
the southern division in Jinja city. Police rushed to the scene of the crime
after receiving alerts from tour guides and fishermen operating from the area.
While inspecting the scene of crime on Tuesday afternoon,
police detectives noticed bloodstains across on one of the monumental stones
along the river banks where they also recovered blood socked clothing.
The deceased’s lifeless body, which was lying along the Riverbank, had deep
cuts on the head and neck.
Asuman Byakika, a fisherman says that due to the current flooding, police
operatives rarely patrol the river banks, which has bred insecurity in the
area. “A bigger percentage of the riverbank area is currently submerged due to
constant flooding, which has created room for wrong elements to pitch camp in
such areas since security operatives can no longer patrol them effectively,” he
Another tour guide who spoke on condition of anonymity said that there is less
activity at the tourism site, which has attracted drug abusers and criminals.
“Save for the entrance and some restaurants on the upper side where minimal
numbers of local tourists visit over the weekends, most of these quiet areas
where international tourists used to take adventure walks or rest after boat
rides, have been left desolate and turned into criminal hubs due to limited
security supervision,” she said.
The Kiira Central police commander, Mourice Niyonzima, says
that inquiries are underway to establish what could have happened. The deceased’s
body is lying at Jinja Regional Referral hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.