A police officer from Kira-Road Police Division who participated in the operation, says that the suspects were partying and drinking while playing loud music in violation of the government restrictions on social gathering as part of the COVID-19 containment measures.
According to Police records, the same gang group participated in other robberies in Wamala zone-Nansana on May 18th, 2021 where they raped one of the victims. One of the gang members met his death on July 13th, 2021 at the hand of the mob in another foiled robbery in Kyebando in Kawempe Division.
Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says that Joshua Akanyijuka a 30-year-old resident of Nkere zone in Katwe was arrested following the recent attack and murder of a two-year-old child in Kanakurya Zone.
Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said that the crackdown follows increasing vehicles without number-plates on the roads which is not only against the law but also, the same vehicles are mostly being used by criminals.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, says that some of the victims of mugging have severally filed cases after losing their property to criminals who often try to push them into Nakivubo water Channel.
The directive follows a weekend incident where a 40-year-old former driver with the United Nations-UN was lynched by a group of violent boda boda riders in Mengo-Katale after knocking one of their colleagues on Sunday.
According to residents, Wakiso District Police commander, Medard Asiimwe together with three other officers raided a pub in Nsangi and questioned the revellers why they were drinking past the night curfew time, which resulted in altercations. Police attempted to arrest the revellers, who put up resistance.
This warning is going especially to motorcyclists, like Boba-boda riders, drivers and pedestrians who find themselves on the roads by 7pm when the curfew is already in effect; this time you won’t like it when we find you on the wrong side of the curfew," Enanga said.
Owoyesigyire noted that they have recovered the gun from the scene and they are currently waiting for Nagaba to recover so that he can record a statement as investigations continue to ascertain what happened.
A video that is circulating on social media shows one of the suspects Aisha Nalubega who is also a step mother to the victim, tying him upside down the victim on the pole while her friend Kyazike lit the candle before they started burning the child with molten wax.
Area residents led by Moses Kyobe said that the building which was still under construction collapsed at around midnight and trapped five people, all builders at the same site. However, only one body was recovered from the debris, alongside mobile phones believed to belong to the rest of the builders.
Assistant superintendent of police-ASP Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson has identified the deceased as Godfrey Kasiita a 35 year- old boda-boda rider in Masanyalaze zone in Najjanankumbi Lubaga Division in Kampala city suburb.
Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said Wednesday’s operations was as a result of many people who had started flocking Kampala city center while others had started opening up their shops despite the closure on most businesses.