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Police Cautions Public in City Outskirts to be Vigilant

The police has urged the public living in the outskirts of the city to be on their guard following the high cases of criminality.

Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson, says that in the 56 joint security operations conducted in the last few weeks, crime is high in areas outside Kampala City.

There has been a public outcry in the past four weeks about criminality in areas of Kiwatule, Kira, Namugongo, Bweyogerere, Kiteezi, Kasangati, Gayaza and Matugga, where people have been stabbed, hacked or hit with pavers leaving the victims dead or seriously injured.

Some of the cases that have been reported in the outskirts of the City are lawyers, Suzan Alweny and George Ekochu who were killed in Kiwatule and Namugongo respectively. Alweny was hit with a paver on October 1 after buying roasted meat along Kiwatule-Naalya road while Ekochu was hit on September 12 with a blunt object.

Enanga said much as security has launched a crackdown on thugs using blunt objects to injure, kill and rob people, residents in all outskirts need to be more vigilant by avoiding movements at night but also try as much as possible not to expose their valuables. Some victims have been targeted while speaking on phone on the roadside or on Boda-bodas.

“We have noticed a slight increase in crime although in the City it remains relatively low. It is more in the outskirts of the City and rural areas. We have had weeks of action. We have carried out 56 intelligence-led operations and arrested 91 people. We have identified hotspot areas affected by the violence of using pavers, and sharp instruments,” Enanga said.

In Old Kampala areas, operations have been carried out in areas of Bukesa, Nakulabye, part of Wandegeya and Sir Apollo Kaggwa road. Police say that in Old Kampala areas thugs move on motorcycles waylaying people, especially in traffic congestions.

Some of the suspects arrested include Raymond Kizito, Ashraf Kidongo, Ali Kimera, Mike Makumbi, Milton Muhanguzi and Mike Kyeswa. Motorcycles of the suspected thugs have been impounded and the ICT team monitoring CCTVs centres have been asked to trace their movements.

In the City centre, Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, said operations have been conducted in areas of Nakivubo Channel, Kiseka market, Blue room, Good Shed, and Railways. This led to the arrest of 100 suspects and it was followed by another conducted by Jinja road in areas Kinawataka, Mutungo, and Luzira were 60 suspects were arrested on Wednesday.

Security said all the crime incidents happening now are isolated and are being conducted by various gangs as well as individual criminals. Only one person in the ongoing operations against criminality in areas outside the City centre has been arrested with an assortment of weapons.

Peter Opii 50, was arrested in Kira Division by joint security agencies on October 9 with 270 bullets, two Sub-Machine Guns –SMGs, nine SMG magazines, and 18 empty locally-made pump action gadgets.

Opii was picked from Kitikifumba zone, Kira ward, Kira Division, Kira Municipality in Wakiso district after a tip-off. Upon arrest, military and police established that he was from Vura Parish, Idua Village, in Moyo district.

Five police stations; Katwe, Nsangi, Wakiso, Old Kampala and Nateete eight days ago conducted intelligence operations and arrested seven suspects linked to a series of robberies, burglaries, and theft. These are Sylvia Turyamuhaki, Nancy Acayo, Semakula Gerald Golola, Ashraf and one Mayor. Not only civilians were arrested in these operations but UPDF soldiers too. The arrested soldiers are Corporal John Mukongezi with force number RA227329 and Corporal Godfrey Kiteme force number RA160504.

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