February 23, 2024

MPs Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya commanded machete killings in Masaka, says Police

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Fred Enanga- Police Spokesperson

KAMPALA

Police has confirmed that Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana and Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya have been commanding the panga wielding men who have been hacking people in Masaka greater region.

The two MPs were last week summoned by the Criminal Investigations Division in Masaka to record statements about statements they made about the gruesome killings of people in sub-region districts of Masaka, Lwengo and Kalungu.

Speaking to Journalists today in a weekly press briefing, Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga said the summoning of the two based on statements recorded by various suspects who were arrested in relation to heinous murders in the region.

“We zero on them based of Suspects admissions indicating how they recruited and taken through the clearly designed plans at a meeting they held at Ndeeba that was aimed at creating atrocity against the elderly victims in the selected districts,” Enanga said.

“The suspects indicated to us how they were promised wealth as a motivating factor and it was under the command of the two politicians that victims were hacked and beaten to death,” he said.

At least 26 people had been killed by Panga wielding assailants in the Masaka greater region. The assailants target people above the age of 50 and leaving alone or with children.

Last week, the State Minister for Internal Affairs, Gen David Muhoozi linked the murders to terrorist activities aimed at causing tension and fear among the public.

On September 1, 2021, Masaka Chief Magistrates Court remanded 10 suspects implicated in the killings. Police confirmed the 11 more suspects will appear today or tomorrow before court.

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