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300 Arrested in Major pre-Christmas Security Operation in Kampala

Security agencies have raided the most notorious criminal hideouts and arrested 331 suspects as part of the christmas criminal cleanup operations.

The Monday morning exercise that involved joint security forces is part of the ‘Tokoora Operation’ sanctioned by President Museveni.

Uganda Police said in a statement the operation that targeted areas of Kisenyi, Nakivubo, Makindye, Kawala, Kibuli, Kibuye, Salaama, Katwe and Kasubi “seeks to address public concerns of criminal tendencies that involve mugging people, pick pocketing, thefts and drug abuse.”

Kampala and Wakiso have in recent years seen a spike in violent crime including rape, murder and kidnaps.

Police said the areas raided by crack units of Police Counter Terrorism, ISO and Military Intelligence Units have often been identified as key black spots where wrong elements camp as they wait for the right hours to terrorise the city.

“Security agencies recovered a number of items that include breaking implements, large quantities of drugs and upon searching, most suspects were found in possession of prison discharge forms, police bond and court bail documents,” said Police.

ChimpReports understands suspects were subjected to screening before responsible citizens, elders and local area leaders.

The suspects are currently detained at different police stations around Kampala Metropolitan Area like Central Police Station Kampala, Jinja Road Police Station, Natete Police Station, Katwe Police Station, Wandegeya Police Station and Kabalagala Police Station pending prosecution in courts of law.


It has always been a general public observation that such operations are always seasonal.

However, Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander CP. Moses Kafeero Kabugo said the operations shall be continuous, citing the need to curtail any criminal activities on a daily basis.

He called upon the general public to take their personal security more serious during the Christmas Season.

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