Two bodies of boda boda riders have been found dumped in a bush in Kyabumba village, Masaka city.
Daniel Kimbugwe, the vice chairperson Buwunga sub county says that the bodies were discovered by residents who had gone to collect firewood. Kimbugwe says that one of the deceased has been identified as Huzaifah Mawanda, a rider who went missing about two weeks ago.
He says that the identities of the second rider are yet to be established. Kimbubgwe suspects that the two were killed by thugs who targeted their motorcycles, He adds that they found a hammer, which could have been used to kill the riders.
Patrick Kefeero, a boda boda rider in Masaka town says that Mawanda was a member of their association and was operating from the Kyabakuza stage in Masaka town. He indicates that the deceased was identified by the clothes he wore on the day he went missing.
“We had notified security about his disappearance because even his phone suddenly went off, which raised our suspicions about his whereabouts and safety,” Kafeero indicates.
Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka regional police spokesperson says their investigations team has embarked on the process of hunting for the killers. He is optimistic that the hammer recovered at the scene could provide potential leads.
Nsubuga has, however, cautions boda boda riders against operating past night curfew hours, which he says makes them prone to attacks.
Masaka sub-region is currently battling insecurity caused by machete-wielding assailants who have been terrorizing the area in the recent past where they have killed more than 30 people in two months.