Locals living in various villages that make up Lwengo district in greater Masaka region have turned to use of traditional security weapons to fight the increasing criminality in the area, chimp corps report.
In an investigation carried out by this website, it was established that there is a raise in theft, robbery and murder in the recent days.
Speaking to chimp corps on Friday, the area chairperson of Mbirizi lower zone Mrs Simple Jack said that the region being a cattle corridor, cases of theft of cows tops the list followed by Bananas ( Matooke).
However, locals told chimp corps that the district has also been invaded by deadly robbers who have embarked on terrorizing residents.
They said that there is a group of criminals killing locals, especially Boda Boda riders operating in the area.
Last week, residents of Mbirizi in Lwengo district were left in shock when a boda boda cyclist was kidnapped by unknown people and was found dead after two days.
It is said that the deceased who was commonly known as ” Kasimaali” was intercepted by yet to be identified criminals along Mbirizi- Kabasheshe road and went missing.
His body was later found at a cattle farm belonging to a one Barnabas after two days of search.
Shockingly, locals who intimated to chimp corps on basis of anonymity revealed that crime perpetrators are well known in the area but police can’t do much about them.
“If we know the criminals even by face, how about police where they’re reported every day,” said one of the locals.
They said that there is a well-known gang of criminals in the area, but police keeps releasing them whenever they’re arrested.
Efforts to get a comment from the area DPC Felix Mugizi went futile as he was not readily available at the station.
As remedy, some young men in Mbirizi town council have formed a community security group armed with bows and arrows to help fight against crime in the area and the surrounding parts.
The young men always come together in the evening and patrol villages including farms and banana plantations.