By Fred Kiva
The recent machete attack in greater Masaka is a work of the same criminal gang that has been terrorizing the area in previous years, police investigations have revealed.
In a statement issued by the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura on Tuesday, Police also announced the arrest of the gang leader Musa Galiwango who has been on the Police wanted list. Kayihura has camped in Greater Masaka for days, following the New Year’s Day attacks in Lwengo and Bukomasimbi districts, which left four people killed and about eight others injured.
“The investigation has established that the gang that is responsible for the above mentioned Kisaka/Kisojjo incidents is the same gang behind the earlier incidents,” Kayihura said.
He further revealed that some of Galiwango’s accomplices were arrested and prosecuted in the past incidents. While some were remanded, others were released on bail.
“On release, they regrouped and continued with their criminal activities. However, Galiwango Musa had not been arrested, until now, but was on the wanted list of police in Masaka,” Kayihura explained.
The Inspector General of Police commended the joint team of police from Greater Masaka, supported by the technical team from police headquarters and the command of the Army Mechanized Brigade, as well as crime preventers, “who played a key role for the speed with which we have got the thugs and resolved the issue as to who is behind the criminality in Greater Masaka.”
“Yes, there are other members of the gang still at large and there are other gangs, either linked or operating independently. But certainly, this is a very encouraging achievement,” Kayihura noted.
The attacks in Kisaka, Kkingo Sub County in Lwengo district and Kisojjo, Kyabagoma and Kyamabaale in Kibinge Sub County in Bukomansimbi district left among others a retired Senior Superintendent of Police Denis Ssebugwawo Lumala killed.
Previous attacks attributed to the same criminal gang, took place in Lwengo district in March last year, leaving two people dead and about 10 others severely injured. Later in the same month similar attacks occurred in Masaka Municipality injuring 12people. More other attacks occurred in Masaka and Kalungu districts late last year.