Residents of Kijonjo Village, Kamwoozi Parish, Buwunga Sub County, Masaka District woke up to shocking news after five people from the same family were hacked to death by unknown assailants in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
The tragic death of the family occurred around 2 am on June 24, according to preliminary reports from police.
The deceased members have been identified as Emmanuel Muteesasira, 57, his wife Proscovia Ndagaano, 52, Beatrice Nakalyango, 13 their daughter and two grandchildren, Shivan Nakasagga, 5 and Robert Kayemba, aged 2 years.
Superintendent of Police SP Twaha Kasirye, the acting Southern Regional Police Spokesperson said a team of detectives have been dispatched to the scene to investigate the matter.
“At the moment I cannot say anything about that incident until our detectives visit the scene and give us a report,” he said.
Mr Francis Kimuli, the Masaka District speaker told journalists on Saturday morning that the deceased members of the family were peaceful and that the incident threw everyone in utter shock.
“This family [of Emmanuel Muteesasira] had no conflict with anyone whether related to land or any other thing,” Mr Kimuli said, adding; “We pray that the machete-wielding thugs who tormented us in 2021 are not making a comeback.”
It should be recalled that between July and September 2021, machete-wielding attackers wreaked havoc in the Masaka sub-region killing at least 26 people, mostly elderly persons and injured some 14 others.