Greater Masaka killings were among the top of the list on high command security meeting in Kampala.

The Greater Masaka killings have hit the 30 mark according to police attracting the attention of the high command which ordered for immediate action. Many of them are the old and children according to police and local leaders.

Security confirmed with the joint operations in the greater Masaka region, the situation has stabilised, with no death reported in the last seven days.

Security also revealed that joint operations have been employed for better intelligence, and the public has been urged to remain calm.

Senior deployments

Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and Police political commissar Asan Kasingye were called in to use their expertise in dealing with the Bijambiyya killers.

Muhoozi and Kasingye are trained urban warfare and community officers according to the high command whose mission is to end the unrest and killings.

Kasingye has camped in Greater Masaka City where he is coordinating with commanders on the ground handling the hunt for the Bijambiyya killers.

The Chief Political Commissar assured the people to have hope, assuring them that the police and its sister security agencies are on top of the situation and will bring down all criminals behind the attacks on members of the community.

Kasingye with a team of senior officers met with staff from Sembabule, Kyotera, Rakai and Kalungu districts to galvanise security against “bijambia” criminals in the district, support in terms of manpower, logistics and strengthen security.

In his advice to the commanders, he urged: “Ugandans need to trust us and know that they play a big role by sharing details about any suspicious persons.”

AIGP Kasingye urged the officers to be vigilant, respond quickly to any emergencies and phone calls from the community in case of any security threat. Security stepped up night patrols in the region.

Govt hails progress

Government has hailed the deployments as fewer or no cases of Bijambiyya killers are being reported on a daily basis.

Government spokesman and minister of Information and Communications Technology, Chris Baryomunsi hailed: “We thank the intelligence and all security apparatus on the ground for making sure there is sanity in the greater Masaka.”

UPDF to recruit 10,500

Lt. Col. Ronald Kakurungu, the deputy spokesman UPDF, confirmed: “Ten thousand five hundred people to be trained to join the UPDF. All those that have applied should keep checking at their respective districts.”

Lt. Col. Kakurungu stated: “Masaka situation has so far been calm. 78 suspects have so far been arrested, and 11 have been arraigned in court.”

UPDF mouthpiece said: “We have established a joint security operation in Greater Masaka. We will continue to pick more information and de-escalate the threat. We want to appeal for calm in Masaka and the entire country.”