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Two more people butchered in Masaka as death toll raises to 25

Residents gather at the residence of Henry Kirembe in Kyoko-Kitawongwa Village, Kkingo Sub County in Lwengo District. PHOTO / GERTRUDE MUTYABA

GREATER MASAKA, UGANDA: The Masaka sub-region continues to grip in fear and grief after the deadly gang of machete-wielding thugs killed two more people on Saturday night, raising the total death toll to 25 lives butchered in a month.

The latest killings come just days after security agencies deployed heavily in the districts of Lwengo, Kalungu to ensure the safety of lives in the Greater Masaka sub-region.

The victims have been identified as Mr. Henry Kiremba aged 81 years old, a retired medical officer was a resident of Kyoko-Kitawongwa Village, Kkingo Sub County in Lwengo District, and Mrs. Maria Nakato, 80, a resident of Kitenga village, Nyendo –Mukungwe Division, Masaka City .

According to a report compiled by the Daily Monitor, Nakato’s home is a few meters away from the home of Masaka City mayor, Ms. Florence Namayanja, close to a newly installed security camera along Nyendo-Villa Maria Road.

Kiremba was killed at around 9 pm while Nakato was killed hours later.

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After hacking Kiremba, the assailants took his phone and called his daughter, Ms Rosemary Birabwa, who is currently in Sweden informing her that they had killed her father.

“The killers called his daughter and told her that your father is finished come for burial. It is  her (Rosemary Birabwa) who then started calling relatives asking them about callers who used her father’s phone,” Amon Kamoga one of the relatives told Daily Monitor at the scene.  

According to Ms Hellen Nabuuma, a resident of Kitenga Village in Nyendo -Mukungwe Division, Masaka City, they are hopeless and scared because the situation continues to deteriorate.

“Nobody is safe, security assures us that they are doing everything possible but assailants continue to kill people,” she said.

The assailants whose intentions remain anonymous have mostly been targeting older people between 50-80 years of age, who reside alone.

Mr Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Region Police spokesperson confirmed the two incidents saying the hunt for assailants continues. 

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The machete-wielding thugs continue to wreak havoc in the Masaka sub-region and have since killed 25 since July 22, 2021.

On Friday the assailants killed Joyce Nantale, 64, together with her six-year-old granddaughter only identified as Barbra, both residents of Bwasa village, Kasaana Parish, Kkingo Sub County in Lwengo District.

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