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Using the same method of operation, Mujulizi together with his accomplices dig through the walls of their victims’ homes and hack them to death before slipping away.  

By Monitor Correspondent

Posted  Sunday, December 8  2013 at  02:00

In Summary

Serial killer. This year and late last year, a wave of unrest and fear swept across the southwestern region, particularly in Masaka and Rakai districts, when killings - in a similar manner (slaughtering) - took the area by storm. Police stepped up security in the area, but the killings continued. The Sunday Monitor brings you the man behind the deaths.

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who is he?

The Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations, Godfrey Musana, describes Fred Mujulizi as a man always moving on motor bikes and highly dangerous.
Mujulizi is said to be operating in areas of Masaka, Sanga, Kalisizo, Kyazanga and Lyantonde where he has left a trail of murders in his wake.

Mujulizi reportedly has plots of land and a house in Gayaza where two people - a man and woman - were recently found tied up and killed.
Up to 35 people have been killed in a similar manner in greater Masaka region this year.
Mujulizi, who at times calls himself Abdul, is believed to be a contract killer.

Recently, the Uganda Police Force released photographs of Fred Mujulizi, the man they want over a number of killings in Rakai District.

Method of operation
Using the same method of operation, Mujulizi together with his accomplices dig through the walls of their victims’ homes and hack them to death before slipping away.

His victims
Mujulizi’s last victims were nine members of Kyebe Pentecostal Church in Kyebe Sub-county, Rakai District. This killing shocked the nation when local media ran pictures of coffins of Noeline Nalinya; Bena Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo Musanya were lined up for burial in Rakai.
Barely a week later, another family was attacked and a 52-year-old Urita Nabasagi, a resident of Kyakaleera village, Kirumba Sub-County, Rakai, was hacked to death in the presence of her two grandchildren at around 3am. Surprisingly, the killers spared her two grand children they found in the house.

Masaka case
In 2012, groups of assailants went on rampage in Kyanamukaka Sub-county in Masaka District in 2012, killing seven members of two families in two days.
Such is the trail of Mujulizi, who police had previously arrested on four occasions only to bribe his way out and runaway.
The death of the two families was confirmation of reprisal killings after Pastor Steven Mugambe of Kyebe Pentecostal Church reported that Mujulizi had allegedly threatened to kill him after Mugambe informed police about his heinous acts.
Police made an appeal to the public to help find Mujulizi had after all efforts to track him down failed.

Who is Mujulizi
The deputy Director of Criminal Investigations, Mr Godfrey Musana, described Mujulizi as a man always moving on motor bikes and highly dangerous. He will not hesitate to kill anybody he suspects is of to tell police about his whereabouts.
Mujulizi is said to be operating in areas of Masaka, Sanga, Kalisizo, Kyazanga and Lyantonde where he has left a trail of killings in his wake.

Mujulizi reportedly has plots of land and a house in Gayaza where two people - a man and woman - were recently found tied up and killed.
Up to 35 people have been killed in a similar manner in greater Masaka region this year.
Mujulizi, who at times calls himself Abdul, is believed to be a contract killer.

If police ever arrest Mujulizi, it will not be the first time.
Mujulizi was first arrested in 2009 at the time when the Rapid Response Unit, formerly the Violent Crime Crack Unit, was in operation.

At the time, it had been rumoured that there were rebels in Masaka, a claim that was disputed by the head of the unit, and this prompted him to set up a camp there for two months.
During the two months, the head of the unit gathered information from different people, including Pastor Mugambe, that later led police to Kawuku on Entebbe Road where Mujulizi was arrested in a shrine.
Upon arrest, Mujulizi confessed to 17 murders in his area of operation.

After his arrest, Mujulizi was taken to Lyantonde District and was locked up at Lyantonde Police Station where he would lead police to other accomplices.

Escape from police
The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, was this year supposed to address a church service and confirm the arrest of the serial killer but Mujulizi escaped from detention.
He had been locked up in a unipot that acted as a police cell. However, during the night, an officer and a Local Defence Unit officer approached Mujulizi and told him to save himself or else, he was going to die.

Mujulizi obliged and forked out Shs100,000 which he had hidden in his anus and gave to the security officers. The duo lifted the unipot, removed the handcuffs and Mujulizi soon took to his heels. He had escaped the arrest.
The escape paralysed the Rapid Response Unit bosses who then arrested both the police officer and the LDU.

Fresh hunt
Getting back to the drawing board, the RRU team traced Mujulizi to Sembabule District where he had hired a house and is living there as a boda boda operator.
Upon arrest, Mujulizi told the RRU team that he had killed a boda boda cyclist from whom he had acquired the motorcycle to start boda boda business in Lyantonde.

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