The joint security operation dispatched to Greater Masaka to fend off goons who were attacking and killing residents is already producing results.
"We wish to inform the public that relative peace and security has been restored in the Greater Masaka District of Lwengo and Masaka. As you are all aware, the last incident of attack by the panga wielding assailants was an attempted murder, on Nakyanzi Maria Yozefu, aged 61, which occurred in Kyotera, on the 2.09.2021," CP Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, said Monday.
"It is now 11 days, without any new incident of attack, in the two districts and or threats of anonymous letters in the area. Although some residents are still living in fear and frustration, we would like to assure them, that the Joint Security Task Teams are trying their very best, to put an end to the senseless acts of violence that claimed a total of 26 innocent lives."
Enanga assured residents that security agencies will remain in the area until the criminal gang is uprooted.
"The Joint Security Agencies continue to maintain increased presence in the two districts, in close coordination with local leaders, politicians, community groups and the media among others. We are jointly monitoring the situation and remain united in support of crime reduction and safety. Our top priority remains to pursue all investigative leads and tracking down the remaining culprits, who from part of the vicious gang," he said.
"In our enhanced assessments and risk analysis, we have proactively mobilized the community (local leaders and the youth), to help prevent further attacks against the elderly and other vulnerable persons. We have also offered security tips, to the elderly, local leaders, business owners and the community."
Police advised leaders in the area against arming themselves to conduct policing without guidance from the police.
"Although some local leaders were advocating for a strong arm type of policing, by arming the youth with pangas and related weapons, we strongly object to this arrangement and advise them to refrain from it, since it can lead to further acts of violence. The residents should be in no doubt because we are doing everything necessary to restore calm, safety and security," the police spokesman said.
"We shall ensure everybody including the family members who lost their beloved ones and residents who lost their livelihoods, get justice. We are also prepared and will ensure all suspects arrested, get justice through a fair and speedy trial."