Masaka Killings: Several people flee homes to save lives as assailants drop warning words threatening to cut them

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Several elderly people flee their homes to save their lives as assailants write warning words on their houses threatening to cut them.

Greater Masaka area has become guillotine ground especially for people of advanced age as panga wielding men have made it a habit to kill atleast one per day on average since July.

The assailants who have been using leaflets to warn those who are to be assailed next have now got a new method to pass on their Communication. Nowdays, they write on people’s houses warning them on how they will come for them any time soon.

At least seven homes in Kyoko, Mirembe and Kaganda villages in Kingo sub-county Lwengo district have been abandoned due to the apparent state of fear caused by machete-wielding assailants who have hacked to death at least 30 people in recent weeks.

The owners of the homes say they had to run away for their lives after the assailants wrote messages on their walls threatening to strike any time.

Robina Naluwu, the Kaganda parish councillor, says that the recent murders that seem to largely target people of advanced age have bred a lot of fear among residents prompting some of them to flee their homes.

According to Naluwu, some of the senior citizens have been taken away by their relatives living outside Lwengo district while those who live in isolated houses are moving in with the communities where they feel relatively safer.

She says despite the heightened security presence in the area, there is still growing fear among residents especially after they woke up and found leaflets and their walls painted with threatening messages on Monday.

“We have been in Kabonera and each of the houses we have marked, we promise to come whether you want it or not”.she said

Another house marked in Lwengo
Gerald Kasumba, 79, a resident of Mirembe village and his wife Christine Nakabogere, 69, have deserted their home because of security concerns. The couple is currently spending their nights in the neighbouring home where they converge and feel a little safer.

Kasumba says that they only return to their home in the morning, saying this has now become part of their routine until the situation normalizes.

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka Regional police spokesperson, says that they have identified blackspots where they have increased security deployment. He says that they have got clear leads in their investigations, adding that soon the situation will normalize.

13 of the 30 suspicious murders that have occurred in the greater Masaka sub-region occurred in Lwengo district

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