Akim Mugonza of Biharwe, Nuhu Muwonge of Biafra, Ukasha Kiyonga of Kamakuzi, Dominic Kakumu of Andrews cell and Kennedy Nsiimire of Nyakaizi cell are the eight arrested suspected gang members.
8 suspected gang members arrested for staging illegal roadblocks
Eight suspected gang members have been arrested by Police in Rwizi region over staging illegal roadblocks in order to rob unsuspecting civilians.
In another operation, three other suspected gang members, including Darious Mukundane of Sheema, a former convict, Charles Namanya of Nyamityobora cell and Frank Lubega of Mandela cell were also arrested.
According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the gang was behind a series of illegal roadblocks and robberies in the region.
“For instance on the September 30, 2022, while armed with pangas, they staged an illegal road block at HIT bar, along the Mbarara-Burembo road, and robbed Dr. Dickson Mugume of his laptop, router, two power banks, 2 mobile phones and a bag with personal belongings,” Enanga said.
Mugume was returning from a function, going home in Nyakaizi cell. Then, at around midnight, and when he reached Kakoba, he found a log in the middle of the road that the thugs used to block his way.
He was then assailed by several thugs who emerged from the bush to rob him.
Enanga says the gang was tracked down using advanced intelligence and arrested on the October 20, 2022.
Police recovered exhibits such as two pangas hidden in the ceiling, a pair of black jungle shoes, an Itel phone Simcard 1 motorcycle Bajaj boxer under registration number UEW 139D, a techno smart phone.
Enanga said that these criminals are hard copy thugs who have taken to a life of crime to survive. He added that police operations will in order to head off any further criminals staging illegal roadblocks in the region.
“We strongly believe the arrests of these hardcore criminals will help restore some peace and sanity in the region. We pledge to continue with these targeted operations, against violent armed gangs and associates, who pose serious threats of safety and security in respective communities,” Enanga pledged.
The development arrives on the heels of President Museveni’s recent directive to IGP Ochola to ensure that all roadblocks are removed from highways in the country so as to ensure the uninterrupted flow of goods and services.
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