How police trailed, arrested 'Kigaali' criminal gang leader at musical concert

Police has in detention, criminal gang leader suspected to be ringleader of local gang known as 'Kigaali' that is responsible for robbery around the city and beat Kyebando Internal Security Officer (GISO) in March this year, leaving him for dead.

How police trailed, arrested Kigaali' criminal gang leader at musical concert

The suspect, identified as Daren Kabuye has been on police radar for the past six months after the Akamweesi Mall incident that left the GISO in hospital fighting for his life. On March 20, 2022, at around 10:00pm the GISO responded to a robbery alarm when someone screamed that his phone had been grabbed.

However, when Kasule arrived to help the person who had cried out, a group of about 10 teenagers surrounded him and within seconds Kasule was beaten to a pulp and the attackers nowhere in sight.

Security suspect that the robbery alarm was a trap to get Kasule because the gang knew he was always fast at responding to criminal activity. Kasule was rushed to hospital and has been gradually recovering from his injuries.

Following the attack, police launched a manhunt for Kabuye and his gang under the police violent crimes unit. Since they attacked Kasule, police reported that the gang had accelerated their criminal activity from night robbery to include morning and daylight attacks in Kawempe, Kyebando, Bwaise, Nsambya and Entebbe road.

As the intelligence tightened, police noticed that in the months of July and August, the Kigaali gang and Dog Tulumbe, were targeting revelers in entertainment places in the areas of Kabalagala, Nsambya, Entebbe road and Kansanga.

This led to a joint operation consisting Katwe and Kabalagala police teams, in which they rounded up over 20 suspects including four sub-group leaders and recovered an empty pistol that they were using to threaten their victims. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, identified the four as: Richard Atuhaire, Shukula Kabengana, Richard Tumwesigye and John Ahimbisibwe.

Soon intelligence received an alert that revelers at music concerts had become the targe, leading to heavy police deployment at the Cricket Oval Lugogo, Kampala, at the concert of musician Winnie Nakanwagi, popularly known as Winnie Nwagi. Here, police caught several boys santching valuables from revelers at the end of the concert.

More teenagers from the Kigaali gang were arrested at the concert of musician Shafiq Walukagga, popularly known as Fik Fameica at the Hotel Africana.

Kabuye was still no show at any of these entertainment hangouts.

It is reported that Kabuye arrived at David Lutalo's music concert last week at around 8:00 pm and allocated his gang sections to carry out robbery. Police operatives in plain clothes surrounded Kabuye, and started picking off his gang members who were stealing from party-goers.

He was eventually arrested after most of his gang members were stowed away.

The Crime Intelligence has since been established that Kabuye has been using different names, such as Henry Mukasa, as is the case with criminal characters according to Enanga.

The Kigaali group has also been linked to the robbery of laptops, an iPhone and bags worth over four million Shillings from Fruitshop Uganda on September 20, 2022.

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