Police retrieve gun, arrest over 90 in operation

The Kampala Metropolitan Police discovered a pistol and arrested at least 90 suspects during operations on 27th August, 2022.

The police working closely with Kabalagala and Katwe divisions carried out major operations in areas of Katale zone, St. Benedicto and Nsambya Kevina which are used as criminal hubs by thugs to plan and issue a wide variety of tasks to gang members.

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, these thugs hold criminal briefings and later begin their operations against motorists and pedestrians from 7pm till midnight and very early in the morning at 5am, along Nsambya road, Calendar to Hash Petrol Station section, areas of Katwe Kinyoro, Clock Tower and Entebbe road.

In a release dated 29th August, 2022, Enanga revealed that 11 suspects were arrested from their criminal hub in Katale zone and Nsambya paramount areas. Among these were 4 notorious suspects identified as Atuhaire Richard, Shukura Kabengana, Richard Tumwesigye and Ahimbise John who were also found in possession of a pistol without a magazine that they were using to threaten and intimidate victims.  Other suspects included Muto Nyanga, Amanyire Latifu, Lubega Moses, Musobozi Clovis, Bisulu Emmanuel, Ankunda Bright and Katongole Moses. More 80 suspects were arrested in subsequent operations and charged for being in possession of dangerous weapons used against the public and for being public nuisances. 16 of these were rounded up from city square for snatching phones and remanded.

He further indicated that the Joint Security Agencies know how dangerous these are to the communities and committed that they will continue to conduct robust operations to significantly disrupt their networks and attempts to create criminal sanctuaries within the KMP suburbs. It is upon this that he has called upon the public to come forward and provide any known information about the arrested suspects. 

“Now that these criminals have been arrested, we invite the public to come forward and furnish the task team at KMP South in Katwe with information”

Relatedly, the police at KMP North and Nansana have arrested Lujja Jonathan of Kyebando – Kabulengwa and Kato James of Kawempe Kutano who are suspected to have been actively involved in ride-along attacks on bodabodas with stones and iron bars in Nabweru.  The two were arrested and found with pavers, while riding motor cycle registration number UFQ 445L Bajaj Boxer. The third suspect identified as Mande of Naluvule, managed to escape and a serious manhunt for him has begun.

The police also recovered a motor cycle registration number UEZ 664G, that was abandoned in Nansana West II “A” ward, Nansana Municipality, after two notorious thugs identified as PATU a 25-year-old, habitual thief of Kabulengwa and Mandwa were rounded up by charged residents, after snatching phones from pedestrians. They assaulted one suspect PATU to death, while his colleague Mandwa managed to escaped. The motor cycle is currently exhibited at Nansana Police Division as inquires continue.

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