MASAKA. At least six people are nursing serious wounds after thugs attacked three villages in Kyabakuza Division in Masaka municipality and robbed several homes.
The thugs attacked villages of Kyabakuza A, Kyabakuza B and Kyabakuza Trading centre leaving residents within and from neighbouring areas terrified just days after president Museveni warned suspects to end both rural and urban terrorism.
The president who on Wednesday visited the area to attend a thanks giving ceremony of Ms Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the state Minister for Youth said tasked the Regional Police Commander, Mr Latif Zaake, to account for the reckless attacks and killings in the region and asked him to beef up security in the area to end such attacks.
However, residents say the attacks have left them in fear.
“We had never experienced such an attack in this area. We have just been hearing about such attacks in remote areas of Sembabule and Bukomansimbi,” said Mr James Kabuza, a resident of Kyabakuza.
Those admitted with severe injuries are Saidati Namugerwa, Dorothy Nassaazi, Malik Ntale, Prossy Nalubega, Saida Namugerwa and a one Mansoor Kizito who are currently admitted at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.
Daily monitor has learnt that the gang of robbers who had machetes, axes, and other sharp objects had earlier on circulated written letters notifying the residents of the attack.
The said letters dropped especially on roads in Kyabakuza Trading centre indicated that there would be a strong attack, telling the residents to spare at least Shs20,000 per household in the area.
Ms Diana Nandawula, the Southern Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the attack and said that police has already arrested two suspects whose names were not disclosed.
“We have two suspects and still going on with the investigations. They will be taken to court for trial,” Ms Nandawula said.
She further said a joint security team comprising the fly squad, Uganda People’s Defense Force from the armored brigade and police has been deployed to restore sanity with in the region.
Incidents of thugs attacking people’s home have been common in Bukomansimbi District and according to police records, thugs have attacked villages in Butenga, Kitanda and Kibinge all sub counties of Bukomansimbi thrice.
Surprisingly, in some of the attacks, the thugs have not been taking anything from their victims.
Other attacks have happened in Lwengo and Sembabule districts recently in which police rounded up more than 40 people, some of whom were charged in court and remanded.