A senior police source at police headquarters in Naguru who preferred anonymity says that a team led by Sabiiti had arrived at Kisozi to discuss with Museveni the devised plan to wipe-out armed gangs.
Deputy IGP Maj Gen Stephen Muzeeyi Sabiiti
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The police top leadership headed by Deputy Inspector General of
Police –DIGP Maj Gen Muzeeyi Sabiiti, is in Kisozi, Mpigi District to deliver a
plan to President Museveni on fighting gangs in Kampala.
A senior police source at police headquarters in Naguru who preferred anonymity
says that a team led by Sabiiti had arrived at Kisozi to discuss with Museveni
the devised plan to wipe-out armed gangs.
The team in Kisozi includes Maj Gen Samuel Kawagga, commander First Division,
Chief Political Commissar –CPC AIGP Asan Kasingye, Director Operations –AIGP
Asuman Mugenyi, Counter-terrorism commander- AIGP Abbas Byakagaba, Brig. Jack
Bakasumba, as the Chief of Joint Staff and Commissioner Kampala Metropolitan
Police Commander, Moses Kafeero.
Museveni on Tuesday gave Sabiiti two days to come out with a plan
to combat the gangs. A number of homes have been raided by armed thugs in the
last three weeks where thugs varnish with valuables ranging money, home
theatres and cars.
“I have given 2 days to Commander Sabiiti of the Police to come out with a plan
to combat these gangs. The IGP is away in Peru for a meeting. I will look at
that plan, comment on it and it will, then, be communicated to all of you,”
In response, police and army top chiefs gathered at police headquarters at Naguru
on Wednesday to discuss Museveni’s directive.
During the meeting security chefs discussed and analysed the gangs’ modus
operand which they resolved was similar.
Reports of the recent raids and arrests made were presented where
it was reportedly realised that there was similarity in operations of the thugs
though there is no connectivity to thugs arrested in various areas.
Some of the areas that have been prone to gang raids include Kiwatule, Najjera,
Lubowa, Kajjansi, Mengo, Old Kampala, Mutundwe and Kasangati. On Tuesday night
Local Defence Unit –LDU personnel shot dead a thug that was strangling MUBS
student Anita Namayanja in Mutundwe.
This came two days after police in Kampala arrested three men on allegations of
robbing an employee of Uganda Revenue Authority –URA, Cyprus Mugabi. Thugs
armed with machetes and knives raided Mugabi’s home in Kasangati where they
robbed various items including his Harrier vehicle registration number UBF
The URA official operates at the authority’s offices at Kyaliwajjala, Kiira
Municipality, in Wakiso District. The victim rushed to a neighbour’s home who
helped him call the Police’s 999 Patrol team that pursued the suspects. Police
operatives were guided by the tracking device Mugabi installed in his vehicle.
Museveni in his directive indicated that gang raids should be easily fought in
order to restore sense of security among city dwellers.
Citing Kiddawalime gang that was terrorising Masaka locals,
Bukomero, Entebbe and Nansana groups that were targeting women, the President
said the gangs are easy to defeat.
“These are gangs we shall easily defeat. That is what we did with
the Kiddawalime gang in Masaka, the gang of Bukomero, the gang of Entebbe etc.
It is easy to defeat these gangs. Their crimes will only add to the credit of
the NRM because we are going to defeat them. Yet, the People have already seen
the bankruptcy and the criminality of these groups and those who back them,”
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.