the Director of Operations Uganda Police, Edward Ochom, ordered police officers
to shoot suspected robbers on sight. His utterances come after armed robbers raided
Spice Supermarket in Mukono Municipality.
The area has in the past experienced an increase in crime. People have been
robbed, hacked, or killed in the last three months. Most of the victims are residents
within Mukono Municipality even though criminality has spread to sub-counties
like Nakisunga or neighboring districts of Buikwe and Kayunga.
People’s homes have been raided by robbers using machetes, knives, and clubs and
valuables like cars, televisions, flat irons, mobile phones, and laptops have
Some of the latest incidents that have occurred in Mukono central division
include the armed robbery of Goretti Kahasha, a 29-year-old cashier at Regal
Paints (U) Ltd. Kahasha, a resident of Canan Site, Namubiru Ward, Mukono
Municipality was robbed on June 25 at around 9:30 pm when thugs accessed her
home through the escape gate and took cover in the compound.
Her vehicle a Toyota Spacio UAZ 283X was stolen including five smartphones, laptops, a television, and 100,000 Shillings. The other occupants who include Paul
Tukashaba and Deborah Natumanya were also hacked.
So far Flying Squad has arrested two suspects in connection to the Spice
Supermarket raid. They include Mugalu William, 24, and Mbogo Sam 23. The gun
suspected to have been used in the robbery has also been recovered.
Ben Nkalubo, one of the residents of Mukono attributes the armed robberies in
the areas to mushrooming private security companies that don’t register with
the local council leaders.
believes security commanders should help them to force private security
companies including individuals who have private guards to register.
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Other armed robberies have targeted fuel stations in Mukono areas. Some of
these include Stabex along Katosi road, Nakisunga Sub-county, in Mukono
district which was attacked at 2 am on May 5, 2022.
Seka Energy Fuel Station was also robbed by a group of thugs who also killed the
security guard John Waiswa.
Suleiman Kasonga was tied with ropes and left unconscious. Other crimes spates
include the murder of Christine Nakakawa, whose body was discovered in a
trench. She was a resident of Jogo, Goma Division of Mukono Municipality.
Nakakawa left her home going to shop for merchandise for her retail shop but never
Police using canine dogs arrested a suspect Nelson Butere, who was found with a
knife and ropes stained with blood. St Joseph SS in Nakisunga sub-county was
also attacked by thugs who scaled over a perimeter wall. The criminals tied the
students who were in preps and later killed the guards Patrick Kanyankore 52
and Fred Hyuha.
The victims of criminality in Mukono also include Rashida Nakamoga 22, and her nine-month-old baby boy Dan Gumikiriza, who was also found killed and dumped
in a swamp. The victims had just traveled from Masaka to Dan Nabasa’s home in
Goma division. Nabasa is still being held as the prime suspect.
Richard Lugolobi, a resident of Mukono Central Division, blames landlords who
do not register their tenants with local council leaders. Lugolobi explains
that there are so many homes on perimeter walls and have tenants whose
originality is not known.
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Cases of rape have also been reported in Mukono. Some of the suspects that have
been linked to the robbery and raping of women especially students include Kitanda
Allan alias Lubuka, Nauga Reagan, and Kalyango John. These were found with
bullet wounds suspected to have been sustained after they were shot by security
Security agencies including the army and police conducted an operation that led
to the recovery of among other items a vehicle registration number UAD 728Y, which
was parked at Ham Mukasa-Nasuti junction.
Other items recovered include electronics including TV sets, sharp Pangas,
knives, refrigerators, gas cookers, radio hoofers, mobile phones and machines
used for altering phone serial numbers, and a printer used in making counterfeit
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.