Residents of Mugiti Sub county in Budaka district are living in panic following death threats of anonymous letters dropped in their areas.
Mr. Muhamad Mboizi the Mugiti sub county councilor confirmed the incident today, 30th September, 2021 saying the letters were dropped at Bukatikoko bukaligokwo parish, and Mugiti sub county headquarters.
He said the attackers threatened to attack the village and slaughter 97 people including the village chairperson.
Mboizi said security must not take this lightly adding that the two sub counties have no security as there’s only one police post.
Mr. John Kiirya a resident of mugiti said residents now sleep in the bushes in fear as others opt to cross to the nearest Mbale City to sleep on streets.
A mother of 3 and resident of bukaligwoko only identified as Christine said women are starving sexually as their husbands use the threats as an excuse to go and romp outside.
Unlike in other areas where the attackers demand for ransom, for Mugiti and Kamonkoli sub counties the attackers said after their mission, they expect President Museveni to send condolences to the bereaved families.
The anonymous threatening letters were directing threats to injure the village chairperson and anybody who will dare try to foil the mission.
This has caused fear among the residents who are now closing their businesses at 4pm to go early to their homes.
Other residents are reported to have abandoned their homes at night only to return in the morning.
This development comes on the backdrop of similar letters in the areas of Kibuku district last month.
However, despite all the threats no death has been recorded yet.
RDC Budaka, Mr. Tom Chesol said security is ready to thwart any subversive activity being perpetrated by either the locals or foreigners.
‘’Our Security apparatus are working tirelessly to respond to any eventuality and also establishing circumstances under which these letters were dropped in such areas. We are aware that there’s conflict within the local leadership of mugiti over the past election,’’ Chesol said.
He said government is committed to flushing out such people who want to destabilize the district and the country at large.
He urged residents to be calm and continue with their daily activities while directing village and sub county security teams to work with landlords to register their tenants and report any visitor and suspicious people to security operatives.
The development comes on the backdrop of similar letters in the areas of greater Masaka region where over 28 people have been killed by machete wielding assailants who attack homes at night.