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Why has the government failed to deal with the Masaka murders if it hasn’t pacified Somalia?

FDC deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo told the media in Kampala that the government's failure to address the country's recurring murders is due to a lack of commitment rather than ineptitude.

Given Uganda’s success in pacifying several African countries, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) believes it is perplexing that it has failed to address the machete-assisted murders in the wider Masaka region.

In the larger Masaka region, machete-wielding murderers have slain 26 individuals in the last six weeks.

FDC deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo told the media in Kampala that the government’s failure to address the country’s recurring murders is due to a lack of commitment rather than ineptitude.

“Those in charge are failing to control a situation that, in my opinion, should not have been as serious as the challenges we’ve dealt with elsewhere. You are aware that Uganda sends troops to other nations. I can use the Central African Republic and Somalia as examples. Our forces were able to contain the rebels, who were even employing pangas,” he stated.

Instead of relying solely on the police and the army to patrol the area, Kikonyogo encouraged the administration to invest more money in intelligence.

“Whenever there is a problem, the government’s first thought is to spend money and send in the cops. People of intelligence, we believe, would have done a better job. We can’t deploy without first gathering intelligence. In Uganda, we’ve had a recent inclination to attempt to use a lot of force rather than our brains,” he remarked.

The deaths in Masaka have been connected to terrorism by President Museveni and other government authorities. Some of the perpetrators of these atrocities, according to Museveni, are being utilized by “bad political forces.”

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