Police in Jinja City have arrested 22 suspects in Walukuba and Masese among other areas following a gang-rape incident of a 41-year-old woman, which resulted into her death.
The incident happened on Monday night at Kikubambata, also known as ‘Peru’ in Walukuba-Masese Ward, Jinja South East Division.
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“We cannot blame her but the local leaders in the area who have failed to regulate some of the President’s directives, including operating bars,” Mr Opio said.
He challenged the authorities to swing into action by closing all illegally- operating bars which he said house drug dealers and gamblers who break into people’s houses.
In retaliation, residents on Tuesday morning torched the house of one of their own who reportedly offered a room to the suspects that used to rape their victim, after which they fled the scene.
Mr James Mubi, the Kiira regional police spokesperson, identified the victim as Susan Malemu, whose body was taken to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for an autopsy.
He, however, said out of the 22 suspects in custody, only two were linked to the crime.
“Twenty are going to be charged with the possession of illicit drugs, while two will face murder and rape charges,” he said.
“This operation was carried out through community policing following concerns of an increase in crimes like house break-ins, rape and snatching of women’s bags among others,” he explained.