Police Holds Five People Over An Illegal firearm in Fort Portal

Five people are in police custody in Fort portal city for alleged illegal gun possession. Vincent Twesige, the Rwenzori West Police Spokesperson, says that the suspects were picked up over the weekend during an intelligence-led operation carried out by officers from different security agencies in Kisenyi and Rwengoma villages.  

According to Twesige officers at Fort Portal CPS, received information on September 1 at 9: 00 pm indicating that some civilians within the area had an illegal firearm. He explains that police officers backed by colleagues from other security agencies and the area leaders proceeded to the villages where the five individuals were found and arrested.   

The suspects are Kanyesigye Frank alias Allan, 28, a businessman and resident of Rwengoma A cell, Central Division, Katungi Kelvin, 38, an accountant and resident of Rwengoma C 2 cell, Central Division Fort Portal city, and Mugisa Isaaya, 45, a businessman and resident of Rwengoma C2 cell, Central Division Fort Portal city.  The other suspects are Asaba Abdul Latif, 22, a turn man and resident of Rwengoma C 2 cell, Central Division Fort Portal city, and Peace Sadat, 38, a peasant and resident of Kisenyi cell, Central Division Fort Portal city.    

According to police, the teams also searched the premises of the suspects but nothing was recovered. However, some witnesses revealed to the officers that they had seen one of the suspects with a pistol. The suspects are in detention pending further interviews and completion of inquiries. 

The Police statement came hours after Ugandan US-based journalist Remmy Bahati posted a statement on her Twitter account, saying that plain-clothed security operatives had raided her father’s home in Fort Portal City and abducted her brother whom she identified as Kelvin Katungi, a cousin, Latif Mugume and a friend a one Abaala who had come to visit. 

On Sunday afternoon, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye the UPDF Spokesperson tweeted on the official account of the Defence spokesperson, saying that the flying squad had arrested one Allan Kanyesige who had been masquerading as a soldier.

“The police had an arrest warrant and sought support from Mountain Division HQTS. He is being held at Fort Portal central police station.” reads part of the tweet. Kulayigye said that on interrogation, Kanyesige led the security team to the home of Katungi Kelvin, claiming to be his residence. Kulayigye added that Katungi was also on the wanted list as an associate and was arrested. 

The Defence Spokesperson later posted photos showing Allan Kanyesige donning military fatigue but Remmy Bahati responded saying that she didn’t know the people in the photos. “None of these people you have paraded to be my relatives is actually related to me and I don’t know them. Please free my brother, cousin, and their friend that you abducted from our home in Fort Portal City,” she tweeted.   

But the UPDF Spokesperson responded in a tweet that “I did not say they are your relatives, we have shown you those that we arrested from Fort Portal. That’s all.” The Uganda Human Rights Commission – UHRC later tweeted that they had conducted investigations on the alleged arrest of Remmy Bahati’s relatives. 

“Kelvin Katungi and 4 others are currently detained at Fort Portal CPS. Investigations continue to establish the circumstances of their arrest,” UHRC tweeted. Various reports of similarly armed men in Toyota Hiace vans commonly referred to as drones randomly abducting people have surfaced recently with some even caught on camera.  

Last week, National Unity Platform party president Kyagulanyi Sentamu Robert took to his Twitter handle to list names of various people whom he alleged had been taken by the drone operating security operatives.   

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