Steven Mugambe, the pastor of Kyebe Pentecostal Church in Kyebe Sub-county, who was brutally murdered with eight members of his family in Rakai district was connected to serial killers, Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police has revealed.
In January this year, unidentified assailants drilled a hole in the house of Steven Mugamba at Kanabulemu village in Kyebe Sub County and murdered him in cold blood together with eight members of his family. The others murder victims are his wife Noeline Nalinya; Bena Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo Musanya.
Up to 35 people have killed in a similar manner in Greater Masaka Region since this year begun. The murders have puzzled residents as police has failed to arrest and prosecute any suspects in connection to the attacks.
Last week, residents asked Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of police to resign for allegedly failing to resolve the killings. As a result, Kayihura rushed to Masaka region to oversee investigations into the murder and bring the suspects to justice. Kayihura also deployed over 200 more police officers in Rakai to help investigate the killings.
Speaking at Golf Lane Hotel in Masaka on Friday night at a party organized to congratulate him upon his recent promotion to full General, Kayihura said they had registered some breakthrough in the murder of Pastor Mugamba and his family members.
Kayihura says preliminary investigations show that Mugamba was connect to a group of organized serial killers who have been terrorizing Rakai residents. According to Kayihura, one of the serial killers he declined to identify for security reasons was arrested and detained briefly but he escaped from custody.
He says investigations show that the Late Mugamba was involved in questionable deals with one of the wanted serial killers, who murdered him and eight members of his family following a dispute. Kayihura said they have some clues on the commanders of the serial killers adding that, they are hunting for his photos to publish them in news papers and declare him a wanted man.
He also says police is expected to release a report detailing the cause of the killings in greater Masaka region. Kayihura dismissed calls for his resignation saying he is a survivor, who will go through all this, just like he went through Mabira and Kabaka riots and walk to work protests.
Rose Nabakooza, the Rakai Criminal investigations Officer says their inquiry into the murder of nine people in Rakai is complete, but declines to divulge.
Steven Ssebunya, the Kakuuto Sub County LC3 Chairman says the murders have left residents in extreme fear. Ssebunya says they need a comprehensive report into the cause of the murders.
Rev. Fr. Silvestre Jjumba of Masaka Diocese has asked IGP Kayihura to use his new promotion to restore security in their area. He says despite the fact that Kayihura got a promotion which comes with many benefits, he faces an uphill task of addressing all the challenges police and Ugandans are facing.