Following the current spate of kidnaps and murders around the country, the rich residents of Muyenga, a suburb of Kampala city have resolved to get guns to protect themselves from such afflictions.
The suggestion which was proposed by the area Chairperson LC1 Yasin Omar was seconded by all residents during a village meeting held on Saturday.
The residents said they no longer feel secure and that it is high time they prepared themselves to faceoff with any potential killers.
We have been having a lot of assault cases on our people and they no longer feel secure so for the good of their personal security we have resolved that all capable residents get guns. We are ready to make recommendations,” said Mr Omar.
Having a private gun in Uganda is legal, those who feel insecure they can get them. And for ladies they can get paper sprays which they can use of perpetrators.”
The move comes hot on the heels of the murder by shooting of two people on Thursday night along Entebbe Express Highway.
On Friday, Police identified the victims as Nteireho Ruhegyera Joshua, a 38 year old male adult, who was found lying dead, outside the car, towards the rear; with gunshots wounds. An AK47 gun was found lying along his side and Merina Tumukunde, a 37-year-old female adult, who died in a seating position, in the hind seat, and with a single bullet wound to the head.
“The Directors of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Services are revisiting the scenes for better reconstruction and documentation. At this stage , the exact motivation towards the double shooting and murder is not yet established,” Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga revealed in a statement.
In another almost similar incident, three family members were shot dead in the wee hours of Friday morning in Lyantonde district.
The deceased were identified as Justus Sendege, 27, his wife Evelyn Ekyampayire and a cousin Robert Mubiru, 40.
According to the Greater Masaka regional police spokesperson, Paul Kangave, the incident happened at around 2 am on Friday morning at Sendege’s home in Kakyaza trading centre, Kimuka sub-county.
“We visited the scene as police and recovered three cartridges of an AK47 rifle. We picked the bodies and took them to Lyantonde hospital. The motive of the assailants is yet to be established as we continue to investigate,” Kangave said.