Internal Affairs Minister Gen Kahinda Otafire has received a list of approximately 30 people suspected of being probable assailants intimidating residents in Masaka from the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus.
In a meeting convened by the Minister, MPs from Buganda, led by their chairwoman and Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi, met with Otafire in the Parliament members lounge.
The meeting takes place ahead of the MPs’ planned journey to Masaka, where people have been targeted by machete-wielding thugs. Over the last two weeks, machete-wielding thugs have hacked to death over 26 persons. Bukomansibi, Lwengo, and Masaka districts make up Greater Masaka.
Minister General David Muhoozi said in his report to parliament on Tuesday that there is increased security in the region, which has resulted in the arrest of 11 suspects in connection with the attacks.
Following an hour-long meeting with Otafire, Buganda MPs have agreed to work with the government, particularly given the fact that much of the country’s money is spent on security.
The MPs, on the other hand, denied that the security issue was caused by politics. According to Muwanga Kivumba, it is regrettable for the authorities to believe that politicians seeking votes or influence can harm people with machetes.
Those who choose to engage in politics should do so somewhere, according to Kivumbi, and leave the people of Masaka alone.
According to Kivumbi, the list given to the Minister to review was compiled through their networks among Masaka inhabitants.
According to Otafire, who talked to reporters after the meeting, he wanted to assuage the MPs’ concerns. He stated that the government is attempting to enlist the help of lawmakers in the effort to appease Masaka.
He claimed that politics is a factor in the insecurity in Masaka.
He claims that the situation in Masaka, and now other districts of Kampala, is becoming increasingly concerning, but that it is up to the general public and local residents to assist security forces in combating criminals.