Kayihura reshuffles Greater Masaka police commanders

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Gen. Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police has restructured police commanders in Greater Masaka region.
Greater Masaka comprises of Kalungu, Masaka, Lwengo and Rakai districts. The region has been troubled by panga wielding thugs.

Last year, similar attacks characterized greater and over 20 people were killed by assailants who first threw leaflets warning of their impending attacks before invading villages, stab and cut locals.
The Bukomansimbi district police commander Patrick Ameru has been replaced by Karoli Isabirye.

The Police Chief also transferred Flying Squad personnel from Masaka to Katonga region. Sources say, several crime intelligence officers from Masaka Central Police station have been transferred.
Last week, the IGP overhauled Matete Police Station in Ssembabule district. Three Police officers, Reserve force and Local Defence Units personnel were arrested for allegedly having links to crime and unprofessional conduct.

Two police officers attached to the same station were on Friday arrested on orders of the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kayihura in relation to the machete wielding attacks in greater Masaka region. According to a source that preferred anonymity, the OC CID and OC station at Mateete police station in Lwengo district were arrested on allegation that they released under unclear circumstances, a suspect in the New Year ’s Day attack.

Criminals armed with sticks and machetes on new year’s eve attacked Kabukolwa village in Kingo sub-county Lwengo district killing 23 year old Haman Kayemba Gonzaga, they later attacked Kyamabale village in Kibinge sub-county in Bukomansimbi district and murdered 65 years old retired Senior Sepretendant of Police Denis Lumala Sebugwawo, 40 year old Nantale Jane and 15 year old Bosco Selemba and injured a dozen more in the attack.

On his visit to the area, President Museveni blamed the attacks in Bukomansimbi and Lwengo districts on poor neighbourhood watch and thin police on ground.

The president also grilled Latif Zaake, the Greater Masaka Region Police Commander, for failing to resolve these killings saying he seems detached from the residents. According to the president, the judiciary is also to blame for releasing some of the suspects arrested previously for similar killings

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