Accountant Arrested Over Manafwa Murders

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She says the suspect have been transferred to Mbale, where he will be taken to Manafwa district to face murder charges.

Samuel Masette, a senior accounts assistant at Moroto Referral Hospital has been arrested in connection to several murders in Manafwa district. Masette was picked up and handcuffed from his office at Moroto Referral Hospital Administration Block on Friday, where he has been working for the last one year. Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Police Spokesperson explains they received a message from their counterparts in Mbale to have Masette arrested.

She says the suspect have been transferred to Mbale, where he will be taken to Manafwa district to face murder charges. According to Aceng the suspect is known as Habib Watakha in Manafwa district while at Moroto he passes off as Samuel Masette, which raises suspicion. She says that during a search conducted in the suspect’s room at Exclusive Royale along Lia Street police recovered an official stamp of Soroti Flying School and several land documents among others.    

Dr. Alex Andema, the Moroto Referral Hospital told URN on Saturday that he was not yet aware of the arrest of his staff member as he was away from office. Andema said he wouldn’t react on rumor and promised to comment when he returns back to his duty station. Diana Nandawula, the Elgon Regional police spokesperson says Masette alias Watakha is wanted in connection to various murders in Manafwa district. So far seven suspects have been arrested. They include Richard Mukholi, Peter Wamusi, Samuel Masette, and Jowelo Nambale.

Others are Fred Wamimbi, Victor Munialo, John Wasibukhu and John Muluga.


About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.