GOMBA. Residents of Kawuula villages, Kisozi parish in Gomba District were on Tuesday left in panic after two bodies were found near President Museveni's Kisozi farm.
Mr Yazid Male, the LCII Chairman Kisozi parish, said the deceased; Steven Kasibante, a farmer at Kawuula B cell and his colleague only identified as Kaliisa, a resident of Kawuula A cell, were hacked to death by unknown assailants on their way home from Kawuula Trading Center on Tuesday night.
"They were killed because the security situation in our area is appalling. Can you imagine that we don't have any single policeman despite the fact that we are near the President's farm in Kisozi!" Mr Male said on Tuesday morning.
Mr Muhammad Sserwadda, the LC1 chairman of Kawuula B cell, said he learnt of the double murder at about 4.30am after being informed by one of his neighbours.
"The killers chopped the bodies of the deceased into pieces as if they were chopping goat’s meat. I informed the police but unfortunately, their sniffer dog failed to trace the killers because the scene of the crime was already tampered by crowd," Mr Sserwadda added.
Mr Robert Kuzara, the Gomba District Police Commander, described the murder as barbaric. He said police were hunting for the suspects to apprehend them for prosecution in courts of law.
"We are handling the situation and I appeal to the residents to be calm as our offices continue to investigate the case," he said.
However, residents blamed their leaders and security organs over failure to give them maximum protection. They also blamed this unending insecurity to the influx into their area by unknown people.
BUKEDEA: Aggrieved locals in Bukedea town council on Sunday boycotted a security meeting called by the area RDC over rampant theft cases that have left many people counting losses.
The security meeting called by RDC Ramazathan Walugembe was geared towards identifying gaps that thieves who have broken into over 10 shops and several homes in the last two months, use.
Mr Walugembe said he was disappointed by the boycott.
“The essence of this meeting was to liaise with the people and have police work towards arresting suspects. Now that they have avoided this important meeting, how can we have the matter of insecurity solved?” he asked.
Mr Walugembe said there is no way theft can be eradicated in Bukedea if the locals don’t cooperate with security agencies. The area LC1 Emokori ward, Mr Moses Okurut, said only 28 people attended the meeting out of possibly 1,000 in his ward.
“Over time, the locals have pointed fingers at the police for not acting accordingly on suspects involved in these robberies. To me, that was the cause of the boycott,” he explained.
He said two weeks ago, thugs broke into shops in the trading centre and took off with unspecified amounts of money. However, Mr Michael Etiang, one of the locals, said such meetings are of no value.
“All that is left is mob justice. When a thief is got in action, the solution is to eliminate him/her, and when we do this repeatedly, the numbers will reduce and we will secure our town,” he said.
Mr Etiang said in most cases, thieves are arrested but released from police custody before appearing in courts of law.