Police chief Kale Kayihura has spoken out on the recent murders in Wakiso district which have caused an uproar on social media.
Addressing a press conference in Nansana on Monday evening, the Inspector General of Police said some parts of Wakiso district, specifically Nansana Municipality and Katabi Town Council, were hit by a wave of violent crime targeting women and girls.
“In fact, between 3rd May 2017 – 18th August 2017, bodies of 17 women and girls were found at different scenes in Nansana municipality and Abaita Babiri-Kitala in Katabi town council,” he said.
Last week, a body of a woman was found in Baruga, Buloba parish and another body of a woman, on the same day was found in Bwaise, Kawempe Division.
In the same period, Police foiled two attempted murders. The first attempt was foiled in Nansana, where a man from Rakai had thought that he had hired a killer to kill his wife and her two sisters.
The “hired” killer reported to the Police and was arrested on 30th July 2017. The other attempt was in Kasenyi, Katabi, Entebbe, in which three men attempted to kill a sex worker.
Police on patrol found a man in a bush performing rituals of witchcraft, near where a body of another woman was later found.
On interrogation, the man informed Police that he was not alone and that his colleagues were in a lodge.
He then led Police to a lodge where they found his colleagues with a sex worker, one Oliver Namugenyi.
“One was sleeping with her, and the other was under the bed. They are all in custody,” Kayihura said.
He said the deceased women/girls fall into the following categories: 11 sex workers (most of them found in Nansana) and four married women.