Friday January 31 2014

Rakai locals task police over delayed probe report

By Gertrude Mutyaba


Residents of Kyebe Sub-county in Rakai District have demanded an investigation report from the police into the murder of nine people from one family that occurred last year.

Pastor Stephen Mugambe and eight other people were killed inside his house. The killers sliced the victims’ throats and spared only two children.
Speaking during a security meeting last week, the area LC1 chairperson, Mr Bukidde Muteesa, said the police claimed that they would investigate the circumstances that led to the murder and arrest the perpetrators, but one year down the road, the report has not been released.

“The murder instilled a lot of fear among the residents, many of whom have continued to expect similar killings every night,” he said.
After the deaths, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, visited the scene of crime and told residents that more detectives would be deployed in the area to truck down the perpetrators, including similar cases in Masaka District.

Gen Kayihura urged local councils to form vigilante committees to monitor security in their areas.
But Mr Muteesa said the police chief’s promise to deploy extra police officers in the area and train the vigilantes has never been fulfilled.
However, when contacted on the matter, the southern region police spokesperson, Mr Noah Sserunjogi, dismissed the allegation.

“The training was carried out early last year by police community affairs officer Asuman Mugenyi, senior superintendant of police Anatoli Mulekerwa from Kampala and Mr Bernard Odhiambo, the Rakai Community Liaison Officer. We have further been checking and communicating to see how things are going,” Mr Sserunjogi said.

With regard to the police report on the murders, he said the police made some arrests, adding that one of the suspects who was transferred to Kampala is still helping police with investigations.