Masaka, Kampala ‘Criminal Gang Commanders’ Confess

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The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura on Monday paraded over 30 people said to be behind the wave of attacks on communities in the Greater Masaka area and some parts of Kampala and Wakiso recently.

These are known for leaving leaflets, breaking into houses, beating, cutting and also robbing people of their property.

On Monday at Katwe police station, IGP Kayihura paraded some of the alleged leaders of the groups, who confessed to orchestrating the robberies.

“I got a call from my commander (Siraje Ssekandi) that he wanted me to go with him to do a certain job. We went to a certain hotel where we found other youths,” narrated Sulaiman Tumusiime.

“We were told that we would be given money to go and break into houses. Tools like pangas, hammers and pick axes to be used for the job were brought and each was asked to pick one.”

The suspect said many other youths had been picked from Kalerwe, Namungoona and Kawempe areas and would be taken for ‘jobs’ specified as breaking into houses in Masaka area.

According to 22 year old Juma Muniirwa, they were promised Shs20000 for the ‘job’ but noted that their mission was not successful.

“Gathering at Mt. Zion Hotel in Kampala, our informers from Masaka area told us we should not go because those that went earlier had been beaten by the locals,” Muniirwa said.

At this time, he says, vehicles to be used for transport to Masaka had already been brought.

“I was told that I was to guard a house of a certain tycoon only to find myself in a collection centre with many other people and could not be allowed out.”

Speaking at the press conference, the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura said crime is now becoming a business for some groups of people.

He noted that over 100 people have so far been arrested for terrorizing the country and that over 50 of these have been arraigned in courts of law.

-“We had to hunt down these criminals and find out who is behind this wave. We are happy in the last 2 weeks, there has not been any attack in Masaka area,” Kayihura noted.

He however ordered police commanders to enhance patrols as one of the measures to fight crime.

While visiting Bukomansimbi a few weeks ago, the police spokesperson Asan Kasingye was told that these groups first drop leaflets warning the locals before later attacking and terrorizing them.

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