The suspects were arrested during an operation that followed complaints about people who were masquerading as security personnel to impound motorcycles and later extort money from their owners. The group was mainly operating from the areas surrounding the clock tower in the Kampala Central Business District.
The Deputy Speaker was reacting to a video clip circulating on social media in which Uganda People’s Defence Force – UPDF soldier was seen forcefully pulling a traffic police officer to clearway for their vehicle registration number D02DF08P. The scuffle reportedly happened around Mukwano Mall, along Kyaggwe road at Kiseka Market downtown Kampala.
Police Preliminary findings indicate that the suspects have been renting shops on different buildings, targeting places close to Forex bureaus, and shops dealing in Electronics, with an aim of robbing money and appliances.
The Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Brig Gen. Flex Kulaigye told URN that the investigations will establish what transpired at the scene, adding that whoever will be found in the wrong, will be handled according to the law.
According to UCC, some other fraudsters call claiming to be agents of telecom companies like Airtel and MTN seeking to verify their mobile money pin codes because they have noticed unauthorized access.
By press time, 331 names have been posted on the police communication platform as having been appointed or transferred to new places. The moved officers range from the ranks of Commissioner of Police (CP) to Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP).
Sicty-five Assistant Inspectors of Police –AIPs have completed a three months course in crime scene management. The officers were drawn from the Directorates of Forensic Science (DFS) headed by Andrew Mubiru and of Police Health Services (DPHS) headed by Moses Byaruhanga.
Maj Gen Geoffrey Katsigazi Tumusiime, the deputy Inspector General of Police, says urban authorities need to make it a requirement for a very building to have security systems like CCTVs in place. Tumusiime’s calls comes at the time when the country is facing terrorism threats like attacks on fuel stations, supermarkets and homes.
Parliament’s Budget Committee has criticized a Shillings 7.5 billion budget request by the Uganda Police Force to construct police posts at sub-county level in order to secure funds for the Parish Development Model (PDM).
Igoye said that during their interaction with the victims who also include girls who had just turned eighteen years and adults over 20 years, they noticed they had been trafficked from the districts of Mityana, Kiboga, Kassanda. Kamwenge, Kisoro, Masindi and Kabale.
Agnes Igoye, the deputy national coordinator, trafficking in persons department, has confirmed that the person in the video that has since gone viral is Monica Karungi, who hails from Isingiro district.
In addition to the 750 people killed in the two hours of 1800 to 20000 hrs every year, at least another 1,000 are left with dreadful injuries for which they have to incur expenses for the rest of their life. For instance, Sonia Kyoshaba whose schoolmates had to raise over 23 million shillings for her emergency treatment now has to spend 10,000 everyday on toilet disposal using colostomy bags
At least two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted on the roadside have exploded at Kalandezi village in Mpigi district and Kyangoma village in Lwengo district damaging three vehicles including two in the motorcade of Principal Judge Dr. Flavian Zeija.