Machete gang: Police fail to arrest Nakasongola gangsters, impound car

After hours of a chase by a combined force of the police and army, a vehicle suspected to be belonging to a gang of machete welding men that has over the past few days been terrorizing villages in Nakasongola district, has been impounded.

The car, a white Toyota Premio, registration number UAY 525K was impounded at Nambere village where the suspected thugs dumped it before fleeing to escape arrest.

According to Nakasongola District Police Commander, Patience Namara, the thugs have been using this car to evacuate after carrying out their atrocities.

So far, the machete welding gang has claimed six lives – the latest cases being recorded on Monday morning at Wabigalo trading center along Kampala-Gulu highway where two people were beheaded.

The deceased have been identified as Fred Bulega and Fred Mujuni, both residents of Kitego village in Wabinyonyi sub county.

The duo’s torsos and heads were found by a resident identified as Rashid Barigye in bushes in Wabigalo trading center around 6: 20am on his way to his garden.

According to Barigye, he first thought one of the residents could have got drunk and lost his way home but on taking a closer look, he saw the headless body and alerted the LC 1 chairman who called police to rush to the scene.

Nathan Musoke, the LC 1 Chairman Wabigalo village, says the two were attacked around 11pm on Sunday night on their way from a bar to their homes in Kitego village.

The scene however didn’t show any signs of a scuffle which means they could have been slaughtered without a fight.

Moses Mutebi, the LC 1 Chairman Kitego village describes the incident as tragic and called for increased security patrols since the assailants are likely to be at large.

The Savannah Deputy Regional Police Commander, David James Wamunyelere rushed to the scene with a team of officers and sniffer dog but it failed to trace the killers.

Wamunyelere revealed that the prime suspect in the earlier attack was arrested and confessed to the crime.

He also said they have since picked up the person who contracted him to commit the murders but says he could have deployed other killers before he was picked up.

He asked the residents to be vigilant and alert security personnel to enable them arrest the remaining killers.

The motive of the attacks remains unclear but residents allege that after killing their victims, the assailants collect their blood for ritual purposes.

The killings started on Thursday last week, when a machetewelding man hacked four people dead in Wabigalo village in broad day light.

The victims were identified as Lozio Matovu (90), Judith Odur (38), Amos Sekanza (7) and Mesearch Mawanda (10).

Nakasongola District officials led by the LC V Chairperson, Sam Kigula and area Member of Parliament, Noah Mutebi have called for a community meeting later today to calm down tensions in the community as well as draw security measures to guard the village.