The Flying Squad and the army apprehended over 140 suspected criminals in Nsangi, within Kyengera town council, Wakiso district, over the weekend.
In response to numerous reports of house break-ins, the joint Flying Squad, Kampala Metropolitan South Police, and the army targeted areas like Kitemu (also known as Benghazi), Nakasozi (also known as Geyena), and others in this intelligence-led operation.
The spate of robberies also affected the home of former Kawempe South legislator Munyagwa Mubarak, where his security guard is currently hospitalised for head injuries sustained during an attack last Tuesday night. According to police reports, Munyagwa’s residence in Kimbejja Cell, Budo ward, Kyengera town council, was invaded by machete-wielding assailants around 2:00 am, leaving his security guard, Benjamin Mpaka, severely injured.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson, highlighted the launch of joint operations resulting in the arrest of 145 suspected criminals, including 39 identified as hardened criminals by residents. After caution, 106 suspects were released. The ongoing operations aim to eradicate the heightened criminal activity in these areas.
“We assure you that these operations have just begun, and our goal is to eliminate the criminals terrorising people here day and night. Some suspects will face court proceedings this week,” Owoyesigyire emphasized.The 2022 crime report documented a total of 6,854 robbery cases, compared to 5,275 in 2021. Among these, 2,516 cases involved lethal weapons like firearms and machetes, while 4,338 cases did not involve any weapons.