- September 3, 2021
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Panic in Rubaga division as panga wielding assailants drop leaflets warning of attacks
Tensions are rising high among residents of Masanafu, Rubaga Division in Kampala due to the anonymous letters dropped by unidentified people threatening to harm them. The leaflets written in Luganda, warn residents to get ready for the attacks even if they live in houses with perimeter walls.
“Namwe Tujja Tujja Mwetegeke Tujja Esawa Yona Mubere Bulindara Wano Twagala 100 [we’re coming for you too. Be ready for us because we want 100 people from here],” reads part of the letter.
The leaflets come at a time of machete killings and attacks in Masaka sub-region which have claimed at least 29 people in the last two months.
The now frightened Masanafu residents enter their houses early in the evening to avoid being caught unawares by the attackers. Masanafu comprises Kinoonya Zone with over 10,000 people and Bukuluugi zone with 15,000 people according to the recent census by the local authorities.
Sepiriya Kabuuka the LC I chairman Kinoonya Zone in Masanafu, says that the anonymous letters particularly singled out Erina Luyiga and another resident only identified as Hajjati as the first targets of the attack. He, however, called for calm from residents, saying that they have the capacity to handle the situation in conjunction with the police.
Madina Nansereko, who has a restaurant in the area, says that she is worried because of the threats since several people in Masaka have lost their lives in machete attacks.
Henry Mwesige, the Masanafu Bukuluugi zone chairman, suspects that jobless youths are behind the anonymous letters.
Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire says they received information about the anonymous letters, adding that similar letters were dropped in Nabbingo.
He has urged residents to stay calm, saying police will contain the situation. According to Owoyesigire, police intend to step up operations around Kampala in general especially during the 7 pm-5.30 am curfew time.