Following declaration of a Police operation to crack down on suspected dealers in stolen motorcycles and spare parts recently in Kampala Metropolitan South including areas of Katwe, Nalukolongo and Nateete, Police has recovered nearly 50 stolen motorcycles and arrested more than 10 suspects involved in these thefts.
This has Monday been revealed by the Uganda Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga, while addressing journalists at the Police headquarters in Naguru.
Enanga said the intelligence-led operations by KMP south have helped dismantle suspected gangs in the said areas which had turned into a hub for stolen motorcycles and spare parts.
“As a result of the operation, we have arrested 13 suspects, recovered 45 motorcycles, several assorted motorcycle spare parts and 55 number plates so far,” Enanga said.
He revealed that out of the 45 recovered motorcycles, owners of 8 have been identified and 5 have been handed over to rightful claimants upon proof of ownership (verification from Uganda Revenue Authority).
Two suspects have since been transported to Mityana district where the motorcycles were stolen from, one suspect taken to Fort portal and the other two are detained at the Special Investigations Department (SID) Kireka.
Enanga explained that efforts to establish owners of the unclaimed 40 motorcycles and the particulars of 55 number plates held by Police are underway.
He added that Police has further intensified the search for 8 hit men actively involved in the theft of motorcycles, after arresting the 9th one, a one Ssemambo Rogers who is currently on remand at Luzira Maximum prison.
“The list of 8 hit men is out there and we are working with a number of stakeholders, informants under the boda boda sector to enable us track them down for arrest. The good thing is that they are known which is making it easy for us,” explained Enanga.
“We also have 12 shop owners who are still at large - they are on the run and their names are in our possession, but we have other 7 shop owners whom we charged,” he added.
The operation is still ongoing, according to Police, with an aim of stopping “rewarding” dealers in stolen motorcycles and spare parts. This, Enanga says, will eventually curb incidents of Boda Boda theft.
Towards the end of last month, a boda boda rider was captured on a CCTV camera of a school in Kakeeka Zone in Rubaga division being attacked and strangled by yet to be identified male robbers who hit repeated with a stone on the head and killed him instantly before taking off with his motorcycle.