Serial killings, rapes stalk Uganda
Entebbe (Uganda), Sept. 16: “We keep finding bodies. It was once a month then once every two or three weeks then every week,” said Rose Nakasinge, a middle-aged farmer. “We had to do something.”
In a gruesome spate of killings the bodies of at least 20 women have been found dumped in two areas of Uganda’s Wakiso district since May.
Many of the mostly young victims were raped and strangled, some had sticks shoved into their vaginas, others had body parts sawn off.
Women living in Nansana, a suburb of the capital Kampala, and in Katabi, close to Entebbe, 35 km to the southwest, see similarities in the murders that have hit their neighbourhoods and whisper of serial killers and dark rituals.
In late August police announced the arrest of more than 30 people, charging 13 of them with ‘murder and terrorism’, but no evidence has yet been made public and the killings have continued, forcing residents to take matters into their own hands.
Nakasinge is a member of a dozens-strong citizens’ patrol that sets out every night around Katabi. Pulling on a pair of rubber boots she explained that while she has lived in Katabi all her life, others are itinerant.