30 August 2017

Uganda: Kadaga Summons Tumukunde, Jeje Odongo Over Women Killings

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Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

Unnerved by the rising murder rates of women in Wakiso district, Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has summoned the ministers of Internal Affairs and Security to offer explanations before the House.

Kadaga was nudged to issue the directive after a 19th body of a dead woman was found in Katabi. At least 19 women and girls have been murdered randomly in Entebbe, Katabi and Nansana municipality over the last three months.

The latest murder occurred on Sunday, August 27 in Katabi town council. Residents found the naked body of Jalia Nalule dumped in Kayirira forest reserve in Nkumba Central, Katabi town council.

A day earlier, an unidentified woman's body was found dumped near Kitala junction along Entebbe highway. While addressing journalists at parliament yesterday, Kadaga expressed concern over the growing serial killings.

"Government should expeditiously investigate and ensure prosecution of suspects, but most importantly ensure people of Entebbe and Ugandans go about their lives without fear of being attacked. I am directing the ministers concerned to come with a statement and inform the country officially on this matter and offer solutions," Kadaga stated.

The murders in Wakiso have put police under sharp public scrutiny for failure to arrest suspects or stop the killings.

Speaking in Nansana last week, the inspector general of police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, linked some of the murders to human sacrifice and relationships gone sour.

"There is strong evidence linking the murder of the married women to jilted lovers," he stated.

Kayihura said at least 10 suspects are in police custody and that security measures are in place to enhance popular vigilance through deploying Mayumba Kumi teams especially at night.

The minister of Internal Affairs is Jeje Odongo. Security minister Henry Tumukunde also rushed to Entebbe on Monday. He promised that the perpetrators, who he said aren't area residents, would be arrested.

Jovah Kamateeka (Mitooma), who chairs the parliamentary Human Rights committee, said Ugandans expect robust protection from police.

"Sometimes when we speak, we are misunderstood to be fighting government but we are reminding it of its obligations," he said. "The primary duty of police is to keep law and order and protect Ugandans... We hope government will come with its resources and rescue our women."

Joy Atim Ongom (Lira Woman) added, "We are wondering what is happening. If arrests have been made, why is it that we got another case?"

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