KAMPALA – Police on Monday foiled an illegal roadblock, which criminals had erected at Kavule Valley along Semuto road in Matugga in Luwero district as two suspects were arrested.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, narrated that at around 3:00pm on Boxing Day, officers on motorised patrol found an illegal roadblock between Kavule and Gombe trading centres along Matugga-Semuto road with a tukutuku (tricycle) parked about 30 metres away.
According to Onyango, on sighting the police officers, the tricycle moved 10 metres ahead and about four men emerged from the bush and boarded it.
“These were suspected to be the thugs who had staged the illegal roadblock to rob people. The officers rushed to have them arrested but the Tricycle hurried to get away branching off towards Busakya village,” noted Onyango in a statement.
He explained that in the course of pursuing the suspected robbers, Police fired, injuring Lazarus Kibuka as Jimmy Kasozi was, too arrested. According to Onyango, police impounded the tricycle Reg. No. UEV 932Q but three suspected thugs escaped.
Kibuka was rushed to Mulago National Specialised Hospital where under police guard. The police at Matugga locked up awaiting charges relating to staging an illegal roadblock and robbery.
“The place where the suspects had staged a roadblock is a black spot area along Matugga – Semuto road where thugs normally waylay people to rob them. The suspects used a very big stone plus a heavy 4-seater chair to block the road,” he revealed.
Meanwhile, a joint security forces recovered three guns from Karamojong warriors in Kaabong and Napak districts on Christmas day. Col. Richard Obura Kidega, the 403 Brigade Commander said an SMG number AB6898 with 04 live rounds, SMG number HR 4400 with nine rounds, and SMG number AEH 4649 had been recovered.
He narrated that one of the guns had been recovered, voluntarily from Lorunget village, Nakwamoru Parish, Lopei Sub-county in Napak district while the others were forcefully recovered in Lokitelangitak village, Poron Parish, Poron Sub-county in Kabong district.
”The riffles were recovered in an on-going disarmament operations code-named ‘Usalama Kwa Wote‘ translated as ‘peace for all,’ said Kidega. Maj Isaac Oware, the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson, said the on-going operation aims at recovering rifles and livestock in Karamoja, Teso, Bugisu, Acholi, and Sebei sub regions.
Joseph Lomonyang, the Napak LCV Chairperson, noted that there was a steady progress in gun recoveries.