There was tension in Katabi town council in Entebbe Municipality Wakiso district on Monday after hundreds of people thronged to streets to protest the rampant killing of women in the area.
Hundreds of women both carrying placards with inscriptions calling for government intervention against women murders in the area took to streets bringing traffic to standstill.
The pretests followed after a seventh woman was gang raped and killed in the area by the unknown assailants.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura, admitted that there is a lapse in security which has allowed criminals to terrorise people in Entebbe and the environs of Wakiso District.
“You see, this has come up because of a lapse in security and it starts with the citizens. Our system is built on your responsibility and power because most people are law abiding, it is only a few that break the law and you know them,” he said.
It is alleged that the demonstrations were incited by local politicians.
However, Kampala South Metropolitan Regional Police commander Haj Sira Bakaleke rushed to the area to calm down the situation..
Bakaleke warned parents to monitor the movements of their children during the holidays.
He said that Police has embarked on cutting down all bushy spots in Katabi Town council because killers use the bushes to dump the women after killing them.
The death of Aisha Nakasinde a 25-year-old food vendor last week came barely a week after the murder of one Sarah Nakajjo, in Nkumba Bufulu.
Six other women, Sarah Nakajjo Nakintu, Norah Wanyana, Rose Nakimuli, Aisha Fendando alias Kasowolye, Gorrett Nansubuga, and Faith Komugisha, were also murdered in the same way.
Despite the similarity of the murders, the police refuse to classify them as the handiwork of a serial killers operating alone or in a gang. Instead the police treat the murders as unrelated incidents orchestrated by criminals and some of them as crimes of passion.
Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura while addressing residents of Nansana yesterday Monday said police was doing well in investigations and promised that the crime will soon be over.
Kayihura noted that at least six suspects are in police custody in regard to the murder.
Kayihura says that the serial murders targeting young women in Nansana and Entebbe municipalities in Wakiso district are orchestrated by the same criminal gang.
The murders have so far claimed the lives of 11 women in Entebbe and 6 others in Nansana municipality over the past one month. Each of the murder victims was gang rapped before being killed.
The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, says there is a connection between the murders. “We have established that there is a connection between the murders in Nansana and in Entebbe. We are however still investigating this matter,” Kayihura told a news conference this afternoon.
A police report released in connection to the murders in Nansana, shows that Police are holding more than 8 suspects including boyfriends, husbands and friends of four deceased women.
One of the suspects has been identified as Kaweesi who was allegedly hired by unidentified businessman in Nansana to kill young women and collect their blood.