President Museveni Sabiiti wipes out Criminal gangs in Kampala
President Museveni says Criminal gangs are no more in Kampala city, Lyantonde and Ntugamo. File Photo

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni: Criminal gangs are no more in Kampala city, Lyantonde and Ntugamo

Following burglary and armed robberies rise in the country, particularly Kampala Metropolitan area, President Museveni, gave the Deputy IGP, Maj Gen Stephen Sabiiti two days to come up with a plan on how to combat criminal gangs.

This followed media reports that robberies are particularly carried out in people’s homes. Through his social media handle, President Museveni who described the criminals as pigs said their crimes will only credit the National Resistance Movement (NRM), soon after their defeat.

After his directive, Maj Gen Sabiiti came up with a 5-point plan to curb the crime, this includes; city police raid in places where suspected stolen items and home appliances are said to be sold and bought.

Now, as a result, President Museveni early this week issued a report saying the criminal gangs who have been terrorising Kampala Metropolitan area residents, Lyantonde, Ntugamo districts have been wiped out.

He says with the help of technology and intelligence department, the criminals who killed 13 people, injured 2 and ran away with 24m shillings have been charged in courts of law.

“Twenty of these groups have been arrested, eight charged in courts, four guns have been recovered, and 10m shillings recovered,” President Museveni said.

“Criminal groups, in recent times, had killed people in Kampala-Entebbe, Ntungamo and Lyantonde, the gangs have been wiped out. These gangs had killed 13 people, injured 2 and robbed 24m shillings,” President Museveni added.

In the recent City Police raid, President Museveni said police managed to recover a numbery of items like mobile phones, motorcycles, laptops and TV sets. 

In addition, President Museveni says one robber was killed in Kitezi (Rubaga Division), another arrested, and one injured and arrested in Nsangi, Mpigi District.

“Those who steal phones and motorcycles sell them. The racket of the phone and car thieves have also been broken. As a consequence, 208 suspects have been arrested, 2,524 mobile phones, 141 motor-cycles, 25 TV sets and 280 laptops were recovered.”

Breaking down the crimes, President Museveni said that Ruhara Trading Centre was attacked by about six armed robbers masked, having 2 SMG guns and ran away with 6m shillings, on September 10, at around 7:40 pm. He says in this case, the police response was late, the robbers had disappeared.

KK Shop in Ntungamo Town was attacked by armed masked robbers at 8:30 pm, on the September 16. Police responded, but again it was too late, the gangs had disappeared on a motorcycle with 4.5m shillings.

In this attack, neighbours were victims and a one Kato was injured in the process.

While on September 24, 2019, Katojo Trading Centre was attacked at 8 pm and the robbers ran away with money, mobile phones and injured a man only identified as Turyasingura, but after a short while, he died

One suspect only identified as Kalanzi was arrested by Ntungamo police who disclosed that the gangs who robbed in Ntungamo are actually the same gang who robbed Bulaga in Mityana District, where they Killed Mutyaba Hussein, who was trying to follow them and the same group that killed Nabaasa in Rubaga.

“What is most annoying is to find out that most of these suspects were former remandees (detained suspects) who were released from jail in May 2019. Those arrested in this gang include Kalanzi, Nkurunziza, Nuwagaba, Tumwine etc. the killer gun was captured from Ssekandi Yassin of Nalukolongo with 11 bullets. They had cut off the wooden butt to make it fit in the laptop bags,” Museveni said.

President Museveni revealed that Bulaga, Rubaga and Ntungamo robbers and killers were the same criminals, and most of them have been arrested and the guns they possessed recovered.

He adds that another related attack was carried out in Lyantonde where 6 people were killed and ran away with 7m shillings. President Museveni says this attack was by the same gun having 29 bullets.

“It was being used by army deserters and other soldiers still in service to steal money, but also settle personal scores. Rwabagabo, one of the people killed, was a father of two of these killers. He was killed with his wife, a step-mother to these killers. Kankunda and Katsigaire are suspects that are still at large,” Museveni said.

“Those arrested include Kakuru Benson, his brother Mwebaze Nathan, Ninyesiga etc. the gun was robbed by Kakuru Benon from an LDU in Bundibudgyo for these purposes of robbing and killing. All the killings, according to forensic analysis, were by the same gun, as far as the killings of Lyantonde were concerned,” Museveni added.