President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his condolences to the families of those killed by machete-wielding gangs terrorizing people of Masaka and Lwengo counties.
“I invited you here to share my sorrows. These crooks will be apprehended. “We have detained several individuals because they left all kinds of clues that we are following,” Museveni stated on Tuesday.
The president donated Shs10 million to each of the 25 families that were devastated by the attacks.
At the meeting conducted at State House in Entebbe, each of the 25 families was represented, and they returned home with the money in envelopes.
In the last month, machete welding guys have killed 26 individuals and injured a few more in the larger Masaka region.
The committee led by Mary Goretti Nkwanzi testified to the president that the installation of the curfew has allowed perpetrators to carry out attacks without anyone noticing or preventing them.
“Since schools have been closed, many young people have turned to drugs and alcohol, and some of these are the ones that terrorize us. Lack of electricity has allowed bad elements to lurk in the dark, while youth unemployment has rendered them more vulnerable to criminal acts,” Nkwanzi warned Museveni.
In response to their questions, Museveni stated that the perpetrators of the attacks would be apprehended soon.
“We imposed a curfew to prevent disease, but we can’t prevent people from defending themselves. Bishop Kagwa, Ms. Mubanda (Freda Mubanda Kasse), and Ssentongo were among those who died. “We’ve lost roughly 3000 individuals, but other countries have lost a lot more,” he remarked.
The president, on the other hand, persuaded the group that having electricity in rural regions is critical in combating crime, and that while rural electrification is underway, it will take time.
As part of the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation strategy, he advised churches and mosques to use radios and televisions to preach to the public.
“We will have greater troubles if we open up before people get vaccinated,” he warned.
Nkwanzi praised the government not only for its efforts to save Ugandans from the terrible pandemic, but also for its efforts to improve the road network in the broader Masaka region.
George Mutabazi, the previous Lwengo district LC5 chairman, was also present during the meeting.
Two opposition MPs, Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West and Muhammad Ssegirinya of Kawempe North, were remanded in Kitalya prison on Tuesday for their suspected role in the Masaka murders.
The two MPs had organized planned sessions in which they promised money and wealth to individuals who carried out the attacks, according to police spokesperson Fred Enanga.
“The suspects told us how they were offered money and that it was all done on the orders of the two politicians. We will take comments from the two MPs who are responsible for the murders. According to the testimony of the accused, they were recruited at a meeting in Ndeeba, and everything was done under the command of the two politicians, ”Enanga said on Monday.
Several lawmakers, particularly from the opposition, have criticised the government for blaming the two legislators.