Enanga asks Ugandans to treat threatening letters with caution

Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police spokesperson has urged the general public to treat threatening letters with caution. The Police spox revealed this while speaking to journalists today, Saturday, 11th September 2021.

“You are aware, during the month of August, we started registering new threats, in form of anonymous letters that were being sent to individuals and or dropped in selected communities. In Masaka, the threatening anonymous leaflets, were dropped at Mwaalo, Kyabakuza and Kisoka villages, while in Kyotera they were dropped at Baloole village. These threats of anonymous letters that were highly linked to the vicious killings, have since reduced in the Greater Masaka area.” Enanga said.

“We have, however, continued to receive multiple reports of the threatening anonymous letters, in Greater Kampala areas of Katabila zone in Nsambya West, Nateete, Busega, Lungujja, Kasengejje, Matugga, Kabojja, among others directed against the community.  It is quite disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their views, with such disturbing behaviour.” He added.

According to Enanga, the letters have no address, the perpetrators use poor handwriting with threats of panga attacks, to a particular community or individual. On 4th Spetember 2021, a threatening anonymous letter was found in Kisarabwire, Masindi Municipality, Masindi District, with threats against 6 people including the LC1 Chairperson, called Ojok, Kamanyire Aston, Mugisa Mugambe, Kyamanywa Ibrahim, Nyakana Fred and Byaruhanga Genuka.

Another alleged anonymous threat, was delivered by Kityo Joseph Male, a 56 year old, LC1 Chairperson of Seeta – Namanoja Village, Seeta Namuganga Subcounty in Mukono. It was a four paged anonymous letter in Luganda, threatening him and seven other residents, of an attack on 6th September by the “Kijambia force, 2021 -2027”. The alleged threatening letter had been recovered by a resident, after it was abandoned at Namagoma Trading Centre.

In Mitooma District, 5 warning letters were dropped between the 4-6th September in areas of Nyabubaare Cell, Kabila Sub County.  The threats were directed at 5 victims who include, Tukasinsgura Joan, aged 31, Muhangirwa Domian aged 39, Bangizi Abbi aged 50 and Bigaraho Justine aged 50, all of Nyabubare Cell.

In all these incidents, the anonymous letters were picked and taken to the nearest LC1 or police unit, according to Enanga.

“I is against this background that we would like to share very important message with the public that all anonymous letters sent or dropped in a given area must be treated with caution. The letters carry evidence on them and we are asking the public not to touch the letters or tamper with the scene. Thereafter, proceed to alert the nearest security unit and wait in a safe place, until the police or security teams arrive.” He explained fuerther.

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