Police have arrested a man identified as Aziz Ssempala
said to be the leader of a gang that has been staging illegal checkpoints in various villages
of Mukono district with intention of robbing travelers and extortion from boda boda riders.
Ssempala who was wearing a local defense unit
uniform had staged an illegal checkpoint near Kyawambogo trading center in
Nakisunga sub county stopping and extorting money from motorcycle riders when information leaked to police.
A joint team of Police and Army led
by Hawah Namukome, the Officer in Charge-OC of Kyetume Police post stormed the illegal checkpoint and arrested the suspect.
The force preceded to check the apartment
Ssempala had hired at Namuyenje trading center, Nakisunga sub county and landed on military
attires and rounds of ammunition hidden in his room.
Ssempala had staged the checkpoint with two other
unidentified men in plain clothes who managed to escape. However, according to
security officers, it is believed he has a gang of over ten people that
assist him to stage illegal checkpoints during day and night hours. He is currently detained
at Mpoma barracks.
Hakim Mulyowa, a resident at Kyetume trading center
but with a garden at Namuyenje says was surprised to see the said officers
charging money from people riding motorcycles carrying food stuff, which prompted them to report to police.
President Yoweri Museveni authorised motorcycles carrying cargo to move before 5.00pm, and also to carry patients.
“One gangster has been putting on reserve force
uniform and there were two others in plain clothes carrying sticks in shape of police
batons," Mulyowa says. "They have been stopping whichever motorcycle uses that route.”
The Officer in Charge-OC of Mukono Police Division
Ismael Kifudde notes that the operation is still on to apprehend Ssempala's other accomplices and a detailed report will be
Kifudde also warns people who are still insisting on
travelling to various places that they are risking their lives to the disease
and to such criminals. He also warns that police will not hesitate to as well
arrest people flouting the 42 days' restrictions set presidential order.
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Meanwhile, police are still struggling to stop
private vehicles plying the route of Kampala-Jinja highway.
According to police many have started paying off pregnant women to escort them
while others move with forged documents issued by private health facilities
recommending further assessments and treatment from bigger facilities in
Kampala and Wakiso.