Se­rial killings, rapes stalk Uganda

The Asian Age - - World -

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.

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