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Over 20 Juveniles Arrested as Police Bust ‘Dog Tulumbe’ Gang

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The suspected gang members were picked up Wednesday in a police operation in Namungoona, Lubigi area and Nansana Municipality, according to the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango

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Twenty suspected members of a criminal gang dubbed "Dog Tulumbe" that has been wreaking havoc in Nansana Municipality and parts of Northern Kampala are in police custody.  

The suspected gang members were picked up Wednesday in a police operation in Namungoona, Lubigi area and Nansana Municipality, according to the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango.  

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He says few of the suspects are adults who are believed to lure the minors into crime. The gang is mainly composed of minors between nine and 16 years of age.  

They don white or black tracksuits and always operate in groups of five to seven targeting people with money and other valuable items along the Northern by-pass covering the Bwaise-Namungoona-stretch, Hoima Road, Nabweru-Bwaise areas and other suburbs in Nansana Municipality.

   

Onyango says they are keenly monitoring the black spots where the gangs operate from and will not rest until the gang is brought down completely.  "Dog Tulumbe", which is loosely translated “Dog Lets Attack”, isn't the first such criminal gang to terrorize Greater Kampala.

A number of criminals have previously operated in various parts of Kampala and its neighborhood. They include among others the famous Kifeesi, which was operating in Kampala and Mukono with bases in Katwe-Kinyoro.   

Others include Bad Life, B13, XOI, Kasolo Boys, Happy Street and Naguru Arrow Boys. Most of the gangs were operating in slummy areas targeting people returning from work. 

Some of these gangs have over time been busted by security giving a sign of relief to dwellers.  Police blame the emerging criminal gangs to child neglect, poor parenting and peer influence.

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