By Davis Buyondo and John Bosco Sseruwu
Shock gripped residents of Kkulubya Cell in Lukaya town council after unknown people gang raped and later killed their 60-year-old resident.
The deceased has been identified as Maria Nakate. The incident happened on Monday night.
According to Anatoli Mukasa, the Kkulubya Cell Local council (LCI) chairperson, she was alone in the house at the time of the incident.
Her neighbours got concerned after realizing she had not opened her door since morning. They were compelled to open the door after calling her several times without her response.
However, they found her body lying in clotted blood.
Nakate’s daughter Annet Nakiyimba argued that she must have identified the attackers who decided to kill her to avoid being reported.
She attributed the incident to the rampant drug abuse in the area especially among idle youths.
Johnson Kaweesi, one of the aggrieved residents claimed that the killers were fellow residents and not strangers.
He argued that if the scene wasn’t tampered with the sniffer dog would have easily traced the killers within their village.
Mercy Namuddu, another resident also attributed the incident to the laxity of police and other law enforcement officers to crack down on the rampant marijuana smoking.
Justine Nansereko, one of the neigbours said that Nakate would enter her house in time and lock the door until morning.
He added that it is not clear how the assailants entered the house and left unnoticed.
Police arrived at the scene shortly but could do little to track the assailants since the residents had tampered with it.
Vianney Birungi, the Officer in Charge of Lukaya police station, says, signs at the scene indicate that Nakate was gang raped before she was strangled to death.
He added that the scene proved that she first wrestled with her attackers until they overpowered her. Also her phone was broke in two pieces.
Birungi appealed to residents to residents and village council leaders to improve on the security of the area to avoid similar incidents.
However, the body was taken to the mortuary for autopsy.
Just early this month, John Kulabirawo (47) a coffee farmer in Kigasa B village in Kyamuliibwa sub-county was attacked and hacked several times to death.
For him, at least two people namely Ronald Ssemwogerere and Richard Jjingo were arrested.
Godfrey Ssettuba, the reserve force commander in Kyamuliibwa sub-county, said Kulabirawo was the third victim of panga wilding attacks in the area since the year began.