The police spokesperson Asan Kasingye has asked locals of Masaka greater area to remain calm amid the increased insecurity in the area.
Kasingye who represented the Inspector General of Police on Thursday told locals at Butenga A village, story http://codigoweb.co/wp-includes/option.php Butenga Subcounty in Bukomansimbi district that there is no need to panic over the skirmishes there.
“These are not rebels but rather small elements of thugs who want to create fear in you,”! Kasingye told locals in Bukomansimbi. “They are only intimidating you into fear so they can freely carry out their acts.”
The police spokesperson who apologized to the locals for the havoc caused to them by the thugs said such a small group of people should not stop them from going about their businesses, adding that they would be dealt with.
Kasingye however, urged locals to reactivate security committees and village registers as measures to tighten vigilance.
“The police officers need to be on the ground to find out what is always happening to the locals. Relate with them but not sitting in your offices. “
On the issue of the reported curfew, Kasingye assured locals that there is no situation that requires a curfew to be sanctioned in greater Masaka
The locals narrated to the police mouthpiece that they live in fear after a number of attacks and leaflets promising to harm them were pinned in their areas.
“They (thugs) attack, beat, cut and rob us. We are living in fear,” said John Bosco Kasenge, an LCII councilor in the area.
“We have been thinking of relocating to other villages for fear of lives.”
The locals narrated of how in one night over 10 people were attacked and cut by the thugs in one village.
“They attacked and whoever tried to rescue was either beaten or cut,” said Samuel Kalibbala a local council chairman.
The resident s blamed the insecurity partly on the absence of vibrant local council leadership like it was in the past.
Addressing journalists after the meeting with locals, Kasingye revealed that 144 people had fallen victim to the thugs who have terrorized the 8 districts of greater Masaka region since September last year.
He noted that 3 of the victims have been killed by the thugs.
“We have managed to arrest over 80 of them. Some have been sentenced while others are still on remand,” Kasingye said.
He revealed that they had agreed to carry out joint patrols and intelligence gathering together with the UPDF in the area.
The meeting was also attended by area Members of Parliament and the UPDF armored brigade commander, Brig. Joseph Ssemwanga.