By Baluku Alex
Security in Kasese district has revealed that the recruitment of panga welders commonly referred to as Bijambiya goons has been suspected in the district.
Addressing the press today afternoon at his office in Kasese town, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Joshua Kisembo Masereka revealed that intelligence information from the security office had indicated that the Masaka panga welding goons were attempting to recruit young and energetic boys from Kasese district to join them in executing their missions.
According to the RDC, a section of youths approached him and said they had received terrifying phone calls from some people who claim to be part of the Bijambiya goons in Masaka requesting them to go and join the group.
Currently, the country has registered cases of panga welding assailants commonly known as Bijambiyas especially in Masaka and other surrounding districts.
Recently, the residents of Bushenyi also reported that they had received a number of leaflets with threatening messages.
And in Kasese district on Wednesday night, yet unknown people armed with pangas attacked and injured a 50 year-old Abdulla Masereka, a resident of Kayenje in Muhokya Town Council.
Now, the RDC has strongly warned the youths to distance themselves from the alleged recruitment exercise, arguing that they have all it takes to deal with the criminals. He also appealed to the general public to be security conscious, asking the heads of families to warn their children against joining the mushrooming gang groups.