Mityana leaders appeal to IGP over increased murders

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Mityana leaders appeal to IGP over increased murders
Wamala region police spokesperson, Rachael Kawala.

At least 10 people have been killed in the central district in the past two months.

Local leaders in Mityana have appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to intervene and check the worrying cases of violent killings in the district.

At least 10 people have been killed in the central district in the past two months.

The deadly attacks have not only been aimed at civilians but also government officials and police personnel of whom some are hospitalised.

"We have buried 10 people in a span of one and half months, including are boda-boda riders, traders and others,’’ said Mayor Fred Wotonava.

The latest victim was lawyer Mahad Ggumirason, 30, who was murdered in cold blood with many linking his death on land wrangles.

"My son was killed due to land wrangles, he was a counsel fighting for the vulnerable in Mityana and Mubende whose land was grabbed by goons," Kizito Ggumira said.

Ms Prossy Mwanjuzi, the Mityana deputy resident district commissioner, admitted security was virtually helpless against the killers who seem to pick their targets with deadly boldness.

"We as the heads of security have been challenged, if murders can attack the RDC, how about the ordinary people?" Mwanjuzi said.

Locals say the killers are extraordinary people who are recruited and taken through the intentionally designated plans.

"There’s a group of dangerous people and police have no concrete report on them," Ggumira added.

Misom Lubega, the defence secretary for Kitinkokola village, like other leaders, says their cooperation as local leaders to help check the vicious killers is not helped by police.

He accused security personnel of ignoring local leaders.

"All they say is they don’t have fuel,’’ Lubega said.

The local leaders say infighting among security officials who have failed collective responsibility to keep law and order.

Mayor Wotonava said when one wing of the security such as Gombolola Internal Security Officer arrests a culprit, police releases them and that at times the region police call files from the police and the CID releases some culprits without taking them to court.

"This has caused some confusion among these agencies, they no longer listen to each other, making us the residents suffer," the mayor said.

But police in Mityana says there’s no need for alarm.

"The situation isn’t that worrying, our people should just keep calm, as they remain vigilant and give voluntary information," Racheal Kawala, the Wamala Region Police spokesperson, said.

Although police said there are suspects awaiting to be charged in court, locals and their leaders are not satisfied - they want to see some intervention from the top to compel decisive action.

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