3 policemen arrested over Nakasongola killings

Three police officers attached to Wabigalo police post in Nakasongola district have been arrested on charges neglect of duty in regard of the attacks by machete welding thugs that claimed at least six lives within a space of five days.

The police’s director of operations Asuman Mugenyi and the director of criminal investigations Grace Akullo on Tuesday directed for the arrest of Umar Ssenyonga – hitherto the officer in charge of Wabigalo Police post and two others only identified as Odeke and Otuke, accusing them of failing to respond on time after the machete gang striked.

Mugenyi said, the arrested cops were expected to rush to the crime scene immediately the learnt of the hacking to death of Fred Bulega and Fred Mujuni given the fact their post was a short distance away.

The lifeless bodies of the attack were found in bushes at Wabigalo trading center Monday morning at around 6:20am – the second attack by machete welding thugs on the same village within less than a week.

According to Mugenyi, the officers were away from their duty station during the second attack, which can’t be tolerated.

What Mugenyi failed to understand is that the Nakasongola District Police Commander, Patience Namara and other officers from the district police headquarters arrived at the crime scene before the team from Wabigalo police post.

Mugenyi apologized to the residents, saying a competent team of officers will be deployed to man the outpost.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Mugenyi and Akullo visited the crime scene where they interviewed residents on the attacks.

Nathan Musoke, the LC 1 Chairperson Wabigalo asked the police chiefs to beef up security in the area saying residents are living in fear of more attacks. Residents also decried the poor staffing and facilitation of officers at the outpost.

The two police bosses ordered that a Police Patrol be deployed to patrol and respond to any emergency in the trading center. The arrest of the officers comes a few days after residents openly declared loss of trust in the police force because of negligence and inability to avert the renewed machete attacks.

During a security meeting held on Monday evening in Wabigalo trading center, residents asked Nakasongola Resident District Commissioner, Dan Muganga to cause the deployment of soldiers from Nakasongola Military barracks to conduct patrols in the area since the police had clearly failed.