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Thugs raid village, hack residents and gang-rape woman

Police in Kayunga District has arrested three youths suspected to be part of a panga-wielding gang that attacked Kayonjo Village – Busaana Sub-county hacking two people to near death and also gang-raping a woman. (PHOTO/File)

KAYUNGA – Police in Kayunga District have arrested three youths suspected to be part of a panga-wielding gang that attacked Kayonjo Village in Busaana Sub-county and hacked two people to near death and also gang-raped a woman.

The Ssezibwa Regional police spokesperson, Ms Hellen Butoto, said the incident occurred over the weekend during a last funeral rites function in Kayonjo Village.

She identified the hacked residents as Mr Brian Ssajjabbi, Martin Okule and one Obbo while the gang-raped victim is a 24- year- old woman a resident of Kiwangula Village.

According to the Busaana Sub-county chairperson, Mr David Mubialiwo, the gangsters wielding pangas, attacked the function at around midnight.

“They attacked a woman and tried to rape her, but when she made an alarm three youth who were hacked came to rescue her,” Mr Mubialiwo said yesterday.

He explained that the gangsters overpowered the ones who tried to rescue the victim and hacked them.

He said they later fled the scene, but as they went away spotted another woman who easing herself in a toilet and attacked her.

“We are likely to charge them with rape but the investigations are ongoing,” Ms Butoto said.

Meanwhile, police are investigating circumstances under which a human head was found abandoned in a garden.

Shock gripped residents of Mansa Village in Kitimbwa Sub County in Kayunga District last Wednesday when they found the human head abandoned in a garden.

Kayunga District Criminal Investigations boss Isaac Mugera said the decomposing head is of a male unidentified adult.

“We are investigating where and whose head was cut off” Mr Mugera said on Tuesday, May 7.

He said the head was taken to Kayunga hospital for postmortem.

Police recently registered an increase in murder cases across the country. According to the 2017 police crime report, 4,473 cases of murder were investigated compared to 4,315 cases in 2016, which a 3.7 increase.

After the death of former Buyende District Police commander, Muhammad Kirumira in September 2018, President Museveni ordered for the hiring of 24,000 army reserves to be deployed in Kampala City and Wakiso District to curb violent crime.

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