Panic as machete wielding gangs threaten to invade Mityana

The leaflets, some of which were dropped near the deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Yasin Ndidde’s home warned that “they had arrived and residents should be prepared.”

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Residents of Kiyudaaya in Busimbi Division, Mityana Municipality, are in great fear after Thursday waking up to anonymous writings on papers dropped in different spots, warning them to be prepared for their coming.

The leaflets, some of which were dropped near the deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Yasin Ndidde’s home warned that “they had arrived and residents should be prepared.”

“RDC and your people get ready to test the Panga killing which you have been hearing in Masaka, it has reached Mityana get ready of what you will hear,” one of the leaflets loosely translated from Luganda read.

While speaking to media, Mr Sanyu Kigozi, the Kiyudaaya chairperson, said the writings, which he saw, left all residents under a great fear. 

“The leaflets say they’re going to start with a prominent person for police to understand that they’re in the area,” Mr Kigozi said.

However, Mr Ndidde, assured the residents that security is on high alert and ready to handle the matter. He urged them to stay calm.

“The leaflets were dropped near my home but good enough no one has been murdered yet, they have first warned us. We think these are thugs who want to relate Masaka incident and rob people’s properties,” he said.

Some of the anonymous leaflets allegedly dropped in Mityana on Thursday.

Ms Rachel Kawala the Wamala Region Police Spokesperson said police is investigating the matter.

“The leaflets were dropped in Kiyudaaya village addressed to the RDC warning Mityana people that they’re coming for them,” she said.

Later on Thursday, the woman representative of Mityana District Joyce Bagala asked Parliament to task government to take swift action before any life is lost.

“Today Morning, the residents of Kiyudaaya in Mityana Municipality woke up to anonymous letters indicating that what is happening in Masaka is coming to Mityana. They said they are going to start with the RDC’s office.” Bagala said.

In response, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among directed the Ministry of Internal Affairs to deploy security personnel in the district.

Until today, over twenty-five people have been killed in greater Masaka and the killers employ similar tactics of dropping leaflets and later attack the residents.

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