A total of 3 suspects have so far been arrested by the joint security agencies in Entebbe, for dropping anonymous letters threatening the Mayor, Katabi Town Council, Kalema Ronald and several others, in Katabi. The letters were also circulated on Whatsapp, as well as other social media platforms, according to a statement released by Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson.
The suspects include; Lubega William, a 27 year old mechanic of Bunono village, Katabi Town Council, Kirigwajjo Hasadu, a former private bodyguard to the Mayor Kalema Ronald during the recent elections and Baluku Ronald who was re-arrested yesterday, 7th September.
The suspects have been using the anonymous letters as a cover-up to their criminal acts of stealing car number plates and house burglaries. The gang leader who is on the run has been identified as “Taata Mzee”, while Lubega William, the mechanic was the major supplier of house breaking tools and implements.
It is said that on 28th August 2021 at around 3am, the suspects broke into the home of Mulindwa Andrew, at Nalugala village and stole the number plates from a Mercedes Benz reg. No UAM 285Z. They further shattered the windscreen of another motor vehicle reg. No. UBB 850Y before vandalizing it.
With the help of Kingwajjo Hasadu, a former private bodyguard to the Mayor, Katabi Town Council, they dropped letters threatening his life and also demanded UGX 2 million. Other persons threatened in the letters include; John Mary, Ssebowa and journalists from Entebbe.
“Upon their arrest, a search was conducted at their known premises, and an assortment of house breaking implements were recovered and other threatening documents. They further led to the recovery of the stolen number plate UAM 285Z from a banana plantation at Nalugala village.” Enanga said in a statement.
“The team of investigators is recording as many statements from residents, who saw or learnt about the anonymous letters and the contents of panga attacks and killings. Thankfully, no one has been harmed, but it does not change the fact that the suspects used the anonymous letters, authored by them to threaten and frighten people who did not share their views.” Enanga’s statement reads further.