Police on Pressure over Women Murders

Source: Red Pepper

A spate of unsolved murders of young women in Wakiso district is putting rare public pressure on a police force long accused by opposition politicians of spending more time suppressing political dissent than tackling crime.

Widespread media coverage of the appearance of 20 corpses since May reflects public anger with police for repeatedly saying they have arrested the perpetrators, only for another body to be discovered.

“It’s terrifying,” Susan Kabul, 29, said standing near the garbage-littered bank of a drainage channel where the latest murder victim was discovered. “The police need to tell us who is slaughtering people like this.”

The government has defended the police, and police say they have arrested 30 suspects and charged 13 of them, listing possible motives ranging from domestic rows through sexual abuse to ritual murder linked to human sacrifice.

“Ritual killing is one of the motives that we suspect, we also think there might cases of jilted lovers,” police spokesman Asan Kasingye said by telephone. “Other theories might come up as investigations progress.”

There have been occasional individual cases of alleged ritual murder in Uganda, but this is the first time there has been such a large number of people killed in similar circumstances in the same area.

In a nod to the public outrage, parliament stopped work for two days this week after the 20th body was found, saying ministers had failed to appear before the legislature over the killings in three districts on the outer edge of Kampala.

 “Police can’t secure women in a small area – all the attention is on politics, on who is criticizing Museveni,” said Sarah Birete of the Centre for Constitutional Governance.

Yesterday, the minister for internal affairs, Jeje Odongo while presenting parliamentary report, linked the ongoing gruesome murders to illuminati tycoons.

According to Odongo, some of the arrested suspected killers have links with powerful city tycoons who allegedly belong to the blood-sucking illuminati cult.

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