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Kasolo Boy's Gang Returns in Kampala Slums

John Busingye, a real-estate businessman in Wandegeya is nursing head injuries in Mulago causality ward after falling victim to Kasolo boy’s gang members. They waylaid him near city Mortuary roundabout on his way home over the weekend.
Balinda Moses one of the victims who was attacked last night

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Kasolo boy’s gang has resumed its operation wreaking havoc in the city suburbs of Katanga, Mulago and Kalerwe. According to residents of Katanga, the gang members comprising young men move in groups of seven to ten people targeting people with money and other valuables.

The group has also started breaking into houses at night. John Busingye, a real-estate businessman in Wandegeya is nursing head injuries in Mulago causality ward after falling victim to Kasolo boy’s gang members. They waylaid him near city Mortuary roundabout on his way home over the weekend. 

His wife Susan Birungi says the gang members hit Busigye on the head with a sharp object and robbed him of Shillings 4 million he had collected from his tenants. “When he refused to surrender all his belongings they hit him with a sharp object on the head and took everything but we thank God, he’s still alive Busingye’s wife said.       

He was saved by residents who responded quickly and rushed him to the hospital unconscious.  Fred Isabirye, the Kimwanyi zone Defense Secretary in Katanga says more than 10 people have been attacked by the same criminal gang on different roads between September and this month within Katanga and its neighbourhoods. 

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Another resident identified as Moses Balinda was also attacked in the wee hours of this morning by the same gang. According to Isabirye, Balinda was also beaten to pulp before the gang left with his household property.

He is concerned with courts of laws that give minor sentences to the criminals once they are convicted, saying that they return the on streets in a few days and resume from where they stopped.   

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One of the police officers at Kimwanyi police post in Katanga who preferred anonymity told URN that they have been tracking the same gang for some time but their attempts haven’t yielded results. 

“We have even identified one of their ring leaders. He calls himself the “the king” but we haven’t got them, they're very dangerous they also target pedestrians along different roads moving unaccompanied and now there are more in house break-ins," said the Police officer.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says they have intensified operations in the affected areas after receiving numerous complaints from residents over the criminal gangs that are emerging even in other parts of Kampala.            

Criminal gangs are not new in Kampala. A number of criminal gangs have previously operated in various parts of Kampala and its neighbourhoods. They include among others the famous Kifeesi, which was operating in Kampala and Mukono, Bad Life, B13, XOI, Happy Street and Naguru Arrow Boy.

Most of them were operating in slummy areas targeting business people returning from work. Some of the gangs were busted by security agencies giving residents a sign of relief.       

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