‘Machete Wielders’ Terrorize Area — However Why?


On Twitter, the National Unity Platform denounced the arrests as political: “Harmless lives of Ugandans have been misplaced … and the regime has determined to politick. Residents, we’re on our personal!” In September, the lawmakers had been launched from jail, solely to be arrested once more; celebration members protested by boycotting parliamentary actions for every week. “Tying the assaults and killings on opposition leaders is not going to resolve the safety issues within the Larger Masaka area,” says Mpuuga, the Nationwide Unity Platform lawmaker.

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Many residents are equally skeptical. Isaac Mulindwa, 32, lives within the village of Kamazi. A person named Lubega Ramathan was discovered useless in Mulindwa’s backyard — a sufferer, police say, of machete wielders. “Why would you kill, terrorize the very area that voted for you? To me, it is a political sport that’s being performed by authorities,” Mulindwa says. His suspicions stem, partially, from the official silence relating to the primary set of assaults. “Every thing doesn’t add up or make sense.”

Adrian Atuhairwe, 37, is Lubega’s widow. (He used his surname first.) She and her husband, a 45-year-old banana farmer, had been elevating two youngsters collectively. On Aug. 10, Atuhairwe realized he hadn’t returned house from visiting associates the evening earlier than. “It was out of his character to spend an evening wherever with out telling me,” she says. “After failing to find him for 2 days, I feared he may very well be at risk.”

When authorities discovered her husband, he had what seemed to be machete slashes on his head, neck and again. Atuhairwe has no concept why he was ambushed — to her data, he had no enemies and didn’t obtain a warning letter. “I ponder why he was killed and his physique dumped within the close by backyard,” she says. She’s undecided she’ll ever get a solution.

Nakisanze Segawa, GPJ, translated some interviews from Luganda.

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