President Yoweri Museveni said suspects that have been arrested and linked to the recent series of murders in Masaka and Lwengo districts will help security agents to track the rest of the criminal group.
“On the issue of insecurity in greater Masaka, it is unfortunate that we have lost a number of people, but many of the assailants have been arrested and these will lead us to the entire gang,” the president said Tuesday while passing out 97 cadet assistant superintendents of prisons and 267 non-commissioned officers.
Museveni, who said he will address the nation the matter in the coming week, assured Ugandans that “our forces are ready to contribute to the punishment of these parasites.”
He urged the new prisons officers to correct and implement punishment of anti-social elements, but this should be done according to the law.
The Minister of State for Internal Affairs Gen David Muhoozi said the criminals that attacked and killed at least 26 people in a period of two months are terrorists usually did it place between 20:00hours-22:00 hours of the night.
He said they would waylay the victims and attack them in their houses by hitting them on the head with blunt objects.
According to Gen Muhoozi, these murders are not motivated by proprietary gain since nothing is usually taken from the victims.
“However, these criminals in some few incidences use snatched phones of victims to communicate to the relatives of the victims. Whatever the motive, the intended effect is to cause fear, terror and apprehension in the public,” he said.
The former Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) assured the public that more security personnel will be deployed to patrol the affected areas in order to restore community confidence and prevent escalation of the problem.
“Senior Security leaders have been tasked by the NSC (National Security Council) to go to the affected areas on spot assessment and to work out an effective plan of action with the area district security agencies in order to decisively deal with this insecurity, bring the culprits to book and return normalcy to the affected areas. The recourse to this reprehensible, immoral approach of killing Ugandans is shallow and untenable and will be defeated,” he said.