ANOTHER ‘DEAR ABBEY’ ABOUT KAMPALA MURDERS:
‘Dear Abbey,Greetings my brother and former colleague (Monitor times). Thanks for smoothly steering Ugandans-At-Heart (UAH) platform.Do you recall the opinion article I wrote to you some few months ago, about how the GoU and KCCA are poorly managing the running of Kampala, whereby they have disenfraschized a lot of low-class Ugandans, to the extent that the favoured and those behind the disenfranchisement (the high-class) shall, in addition to other helpless Ugandans, fall victims of “on-the-wall-pushed-Ugandans.”
The rate of crime, armed gunmen and also those brandishing of all manner of weapons — particulalry katalimbwa — has sharply risen to such a level, in which in a week alone, wealthy/popular businessman the late Sebunya Eria Bugembe (SEB) a.k.a Kasiwukira was murdered in broad-daylight — actually in the morning just a few metres from his splash home in upscale Muyenga — Kayihura’s neighbourhood.
Same week or the one before, 3 Police-Flysquad operatives were gunned down by a trader in Ndeeba, a downtown Kampala suburb, while on a suspected robbery spree as some of them are well-known hardcore criminalsd.
Many Ugandans of wall walks of life have been murdered in a low-intensity insecurity that has resulted largely from disenfranchized people who were traders (batembeyi/hawkers) on Kampala streets, but got driven off the streets in a very cruel and unplanned manner by KCCA and State police.
Even in the suburbs where they ran to and settled, in smallscale roadside kiosks like in Makindye, Banda, Kalerwe, Wandegeya, along Entebbe Rd. like Bwebajja and Kajjansi, lots of people have been driven off their kiosks, carried away by bulldozers — after they were officially charged fees by KCCA all along!
Bands of thugs are roaming villages forcefully breaking into people’s homes in the wee-hours of the night and hacking them, after robbing clean their homes! Even as early as 7-9 p.m. such cases occur.
Even far away as Mpigi and Wakiso villages, there are cases where KCCA has bought off land where many of the former city hawkers had settled, to dump garbage following the filling up of the old Kiteezi dump. This is viewed as a deliberate “pushing of low-class people to the wall” further deeper and away from any developed areas where trade is possible.
In the villages of Rakai, Masaka, Mpigi and Wakiso, there are unexplained murders going on — digging into walls of residents while asleep, and spraying of chloroform in order to murder innocent people unchallenged.
There’s a wave of kidnapping (human-trafficking), raping and murder of mainly female university students for ransom. The people engaged in this wave of terror, are in my considered opinion and suspicion, largely former street hawkers chased away from “some-income-activity-life” to a “totally-no-income-life” and what is the oucome of such actions? A seemingly deliberate creation of high-level desparation and poverty in central Uganda, is what the public is feeling and lamenting.
Also former Ugandan servicemen on the US-side in Iraq and laid-off policemen are not planned for when their services were ended and/or terminated, hence returning home to joblessness. These are desparate
people who do anything for money.
There seems to be no corresponding plan and strategy — to proactively deal with these matters as this strategy would be developed/designed by well–to-do people who are not suffering in this crime-ladden city. Hence its no priority at all. Its a long story Abbey and no light at the end of the dark tunnel. Thanks.