The Deputy RCC Peter Banya says the suspects were on security’s wanted the list for the past two years and their arrest was meant to serve as a relief to the affected communities, who had endlessly filed complaints against them. However, their "peaceful escape" without any of the cells guards firing to scare them off raises suspicion of an inside job.
Mulawa Waiswa, a resident within the area says that the crash has resulted into panic within their community and most of the parents have resolved to locking up their children inside the houses, as a means of deterring them from being exposed to the accident scene.
Ayub Wabika, the Jinja North division mayor says that information obtained from the affected communities shows that unemployed youths are behind the leaflets and threatening messages inscribed on resident’s walls. He says that security personnel are investigating the authenticity of the allegations.
The operations were prompted by leads provided by Paul Ogesa, the overall leader of Wakanda, a criminal gang, which specializes in snatching bags from women, house break-ins, drug abuse and syndicated aggravated robberies. The suspects surround villages armed with machetes and order their victims to surrender their valuables.
“Those very officials escorted us to the bank and after withdrawing the money, they immediately wanted us to give them a kick back which we earlier declined," says a member of the beneficiary groups who reported the officials to the police. "After a week, I agreed to pay them 150,000 Shillings, but they kept on harassing me as they demanded for more money.”
According to Police, the suspected tried to pretend like truck drivers when they saw officers approaching but the officers pinned them for fleecing surrounding communities of their valuables during curfew period.
He is alleged to have filed a case of a missing person at Nankoma police post, however, on interrogation, he failed to explain circumstances which led to the child’s disappearance, prompting police to mount search in the area.