The prime suspect in the recently reported cases of vandalizing government vehicles, using motorcycles to attack and damage government owned vehicles while on the road, has been arrested.
The criminals towards the end of June improvised petrol bombs which they hurled at the vehicles and metallic objects to hit on the windscreens.
Police said three incidents had been reported in different parts of the city including Katwe, Nateete and Busega and that Police suspects that the criminals’ intention is to force government to stop health guidelines against carrying of passengers by boda boda motorcyclists that government put in place to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
“The joint security teams have identified five suspected criminals, who have been using these motorcycles and we are pursuing them. One of the motorcycles is registration number UEU 391F,” said Onyango.
The suspects, he said, attacked a government vehicle registration number UG 0450T on June 23, 2020 but the occupants survived unhurt.
He noted that in the second incident, the suspects politely asked the driver of motor vehicle registration number UG 0182H to stop for them to cross. When the driver stopped, they pulled out a hammer and hit the windscreen.
“The criminals were unable to execute their crime and fled after their hammer fell in the car.
The third was conducted at Busega-Mityana Roundabout when criminals hurled a flammable liquid in the bottle in a government vehicle registration number UG 0199K, a Toyota Fortune on June 26, 2020,” he said.
“This explosive busted into flames on the co-driver’s side, but the public nearby extinguish the fire,” he added.
Police would later release CCTV camera photographs of the suspects on the motorcycles and said their hunt was on.
Now, according to a security source, the man who commanded these attacks has been identified as Ssematimba Ronald, who has since been arrested.
“Ssematimba, 39, a resident of Wakiso and an ISO informer was arrested Thursday morning using CCTV camera along Katonga road in Kampala,” said the source.
The suspect who allegedly used a Bajaj motorcycle UEY 134 Y at the time of hitting one of the government vehicles was arrested by 999 Patrollers.
He is currently detained at Nateete Police Station.
At the end of June Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, SP Patrick Onyango, said one of the suspects had been arrested from Nansana on Sunday. He however didn’t give the details.
“The suspect whose identity we will not disclose right now, was arrested in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso district, yesterday with the help of CCTV cameras,” said SP Onyango.
The suspect who is a boda boda rider around Ham Towers is said to have admitted that he is the one in the picture police released.
After the arrest, Onyango said, the suspect was then transferred to Katwe Police Station for further management.