The Officer-in-Charge of Bunghoko Police Post, Celestine Ematu, and other two policemen, have been arrested following the theft of two guns and a radio call from the facility.
Unknown thugs on Wednesday night broke into Bungokho police station in Mbale and made away with the two guns and the radio call.
Elgon Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Rogers Taitika, said the arrested officers are to help with investigations into how the weapons were stolen.
However, he said no suspects have already been arrested in connection with the matter. We are doing what it takes to recover these guns.”
“These guns can be used to attack the locals. Let’s work together to recover the guns,” he said.
This comes a day after suspected armed criminals on Tuesday attempted to access Nakulabye police station in Kampala, but were repulsed. Police recovered an AK47 magazine containing five bullets that was abandoned by the suspects.
On November 18, unknown gunmen attacked and killed a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) sergeant who was guarding Gaddafi Barracks in Jinja District. They took off with two guns.
A month ago, thugs attacked Busiika Police Station in Luweero District where three police officers lost their lives and four guns were robbed.
The police haven’t recovered the stolen guns or arrested the prime suspects.
The deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi, has said their preliminary investigations indicate that the raid on Busiika Police Post in Luweero District was carried out by a rebel outfit called Coalition for Change.
“The problem of attacking police posts and taking guns is a deliberate effort by a group of people who seem to think that they can change the government by force. So it’s no longer the same criminals who come and attack with machetes and rob. This is mainly to kill and take guns,” he said early this month.
“They [thugs] come in bigger numbers. For instance in Busiika, they were seven armed with two AK-47 rifles and a pistol, according to our preliminary investigations. Busiika Police Post had 10 police officers attached to it but only six officers were present on that fateful day,” he added.