Suspects Behind Buganda Road Thuggery (1)
Luke Owoyesigire the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson

In Uganda, up to four people have been arrested on allegations they are part of a thugs group committing thuggery, such as knocking their victims to the ground before robbing them.

Uganda Police has arrested up to four individuals on allegations that they are part of a group involved in thuggery including knocking down their victims before robbing them.

The group was arrested following an intelligence-led operation in areas of Kisenyi near Link Bus terminal.

According to Luke Owoyesigire the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, the operation conducted by the Directorate of Crime Intelligence and Flying Squad Unit was focused on thugs who knock down their victims before robbing them of their money and electronic devices.  

He said this came up following two incidents that happened last week at Buganda Road and another along Prince Charles Avenue where one Dawit Kasa a diplomat with the Ethiopian Embassy was robbed and assaulted on the 25th of February.

“Items like phones worth 2.8m and a laptop were robbed from him. A video that was captured by the Turkish Embassy cameras has since gone viral,” Owoyesigire said.

“The 4 persons believed to have participated in these separate incidents have today been arrested. The suspects have been identified as Abdullamani Bakata alias Pancho, Nsubuga Emmanuel, Wanandya Agustine and Muwanda Ivan.”

He added that during the same operation, the task teams also shot and put out of action one suspect only identified as Alipanda. 

In the process, exhibits including 20 mobile phones, ATM cards and IDs of different nationals suspected to have been robbed, were recovered from their base of operation. 

“It is alleged that officers met serious resistance while arresting Alipanda and a bullet was discharged by one of the officers injuring him. He later succumbed to his injuries on the way to Mulago hospital. His body was later conveyed to city mortuary Mulago while investigations into the shooting incident have also commenced,” he added.

However, it should be noted that investigating teams had received sufficient information against that deceased person to have participated in the robberies that happened last week along Buganda Road of 7 million Uganda shillings and other devices, the incident of rape and robbery that happened in a home of a female adult in Kayunga, at Mini Price where he led a group to rob Abdallah Wanda of 16m Uganda shillings and having led 17 suspects at Jinja CPS to escape from Lawful custody.”

He further raised that the security teams are still on the hunt for more individuals with the aim of arresting all the gang members.