Police are holding 18 suspects in connection to the numerous robberies in Greater Masaka.
The suspects were picked up in a joint operation involving officers from the Uganda People's Defense Forces, Uganda Police Force and Police Flying Squad.
Latif Zaake, the Greater Masaka Region Police Commander, says some of the suspects are directly connected to the recent robberies and raids on resident's homes.
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Police have also recovered a gun that was stolen from Kyanamukaka Police post. Diana Nandawula, the Greater Masaka Region Police Spokesperson, says they are holding one suspect in connection to the gun theft.
Greater Masaka Region is currently grappling with a new wave crime where at least 20 people have been hacked and injured. The attacks have also claimed the lives of three people since this year begun.
Over the weekend, thugs dropped anonymous letters warning residents around Masaka municipality to prepare for them money or else they risk being killed. Some of the residents say they are living in fear.
Peter Mutesasira, a resident of Kyabakuza, says he has abandoned his home for fear of being killed by thugs.
John Kawanga, a lawyer based in Masaka, says he is also living in fear following the attack on his neighbors on Monday night.
He wants police to intensify night patrols in the area. A joint Regional Security Committee has recommended that local councils pass by – laws restricting night movement.
According to the proposal, police wants local leaders in Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, Rakai, Masaka and Kalungu districts to pass resolutions restricting the operation of night spots and bars to 11pm.