The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Martin Okoth Ochola has dispatched a team of investigators to look into the rising cases of domestic violence and murder in the Kigezi sub region.
Police in the region has recently registered a sharp increase in cases of domestic violence in the districts of Kisoro, Kabale, Kanungu and Rukungiri.
Last week in Kisoro, a man hacked four of his family members to death. Gerald Ndikumukiza admitted killing his wife Maliserina Mujawimana, his mother Bonconsira Nyiraguhirwa, his father Deogratius Sebitama and sister-in-law Joan Nyiramana.
He confessed to police that he hacked them to death because they allocated him a sloping site to construct his house, a terrain he found unsuitable for construction.
The team sent from Kampala to look into these cases is led by the head of community policing ACP Police Anatoli Muleterwa.
Muleterwa says his team will also sensitize residents in the region about the dangers of domestic violence.
He says the Police believe the killings could have been ignited by the Covid-19 lockdown where some people lost their jobs.
The team however also thinks that Police in Kigezi has not done enough in educating locals on the role of neighbourhood watch.
“There was a report recently by another team that was earlier sent to study police presence in Kigezi region. It was realized that many people complained that police presence is not being felt in the community. People said police takes long to respond when issues come up,” one of the team members said.