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September 21, 2021

Masaka Killings: Police offer arrested for sharing sensitive information with MPs

The officer in charge of Kibinge sub-county police station in Bukomansimbi district has been arrested for sharing information about the security situation in the area with visiting MPs. 

Maurice Abongo was on Wednesday morning summoned by his supervisors at the greater Masaka regional police headquarters over his mode of operation. Muhammad Nsubuga, the greater Masaka Regional police spokesperson says that Abongo was summoned on administrative issues.

“Yes he was called by the bosses that deployed him, and everything is being done administratively,” he noted.
Abongo’s arrest comes a day after the minister for Security, Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi clashed with MPs on the committee of defence and internal affairs.

The MPs were in Bukomansimbi on a fact-finding visit about the security situation in the area, following the recent spate of killings that have hit the greater Masaka sub-region.

Abongo shared with the MPs information about the insecurity in the area and the inadequacies that have affected the way police respond to such emergencies.

He revealed to the MPs that the police in rural areas are ill-facilitated and equipped to effectively execute their responsibilities, which sometimes give thugs an opportunity to cause havoc in the community.

However, Abongo’s explanation was cut short by Muhwezi who said that revealing such information compromised the security operations and the ongoing investigations into the murders.

“You’re not obliged, you’re not at liberty actually, to disclose any information, security information involving the investigation in these criminal matters. Here, when you’re talking to members of parliament, you may report but do not compromise the investigation.

Members of parliament were told in Masaka that there are no bijjambiya [machete killings] in Bukomansimbi. The RDC told us that the bijjambiya are in Lwengo,” Muhwezi said. 

The committee chaired by the Sheema District Woman MP Rosemary Nyakikongoro, conducted a public hearing in Bukomansimbi on Tuesday, amidst the growing public fear arising from the anonymous leaflets that were thrown in the area warning of imminent attacks on residents. 

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