Security agencies including Police and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) have arrested two people said to have masterminded recent armed robberies as well as murders in Kampala and surrounding areas.
Their arrest followed an operation led by operatives from CMI as well as Police’s Crime Intelligence, CID and Field Force Unit of Kampala metropolitan area
The two suspects are “notorious robbers” highly connected with the murder of two women dealing in mobile money, at Zana, Police said.
They have been identified as Onenchan Emma and Magusho Denis. With these apprehended, the total number of suspects in detention over the cases is three.
Initially, security had arrested a one Muluuta Stanley alias Jjumba Frank alias Ssalongo.
In a statement issued Saturday, Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga said the suspects are former convicts, released recently from prison and “are also highly connected to the multiple shootings; in Masaka, where they robbed a Toyota Harrier, Reg no.UBA 874W at Kimanya village”.
The stolen vehicle was later sold in South Sudan. They are also accused of robbing a bag containing a pressure machine and clothes, which they mistook for cash in Katwe, on May 4 as welll as another robbery at a church zone in Nateete parish, on May 14 May 2019, where they robbed Mwesiwa Denis and his wife of Shs 610,000 and other items before shooting dead Walugembe Raphael, a resident of the area.
Police further alleges that the group robbed Shs 17m from a one Nalukwago Sanyu, a mobile money dealer at Kitende “A” cell on May 17 at around 7:20pm.
“On the 10th June 2019, the suspects with others at large while on 3 motorcycles, shot dead, Nalwadda Harriet and Nakabuubi Moreen, and robbed them of Ug.shs.6m at around 10:40pm,” Police adds.
Enanga said the two suspects were arrested while planning another robbery mission of a mobile money dealer at the Mutukula border with Tanzania.
Following the arrest, Police recovered another gun (AK 47), bringing the total number of recovered guns to three.
“The guns were tested and the ballistic evidence tied the suspects to the 3 murders and the 5 robberies, after the recovered guns matched the shell casings exhibited by the Police”.
Security agencies are further scrutinizing the data from several other shooting incidents which ran from January 2019 to date.
“The investigation and attendant arrest serves as an example of the effecting of strong and consistent collaboration between law enforcement agencies”.
Police says a vigorous search for other suspects accused of being part of the armed criminal gang behind the spree of aggravated robberies in the suburbs of Nansana, Mpererwe, Kajjansi is still ongoing.
Relatedly, Police has cautioned business proprietors against moving large sums of cash, as well as take precautions while travelling to and from work.