Crime & Investigation

President’s Office Joins Assassins Probe Team As Gunmen Shoot Another Tycoon

drugs "sans-serif";”>Lubega was shot in Kyebando, a Kampala suburb, by gunmen who were travelling on a motorcycle as he returned from work.

The tycoon runs a string of shops in several city suburbs.

Detectives are baffled by the new tricks used by killers in Kampala, saying they are reminiscent of Middle East assassins.

“Today they are burning a school and tomorrow, they are using guns to kill businessmen. They are good on target which confirms our fears of the existence of a sophisticated militia in the country,” said a source.

“We do not understand these dangerous elements’ short-term motive but the president’s office has dispatched experienced military investigators to support police’s efforts in breaking these terrorists’ ring,” added a senior police officer who talked to news desk on condition of anonymity.

The source said the insurgents now use boda bodas to avoid detection, adding, they usually hide their weapons inside their jackets or coats.


He further noted that most of assassins are given shelter by some radical Muslims bent on bringing down President Museveni’s government.

“They have clear information on their targets’ movements and residences. We are dealing with a very dangerous and slippery enemy,” added a source.

Another clue obtained by detectives is that most Muslims killed in the past two months are shot in the chest with pistols of Russian origin.

Pressed to explain steps being taken to put an end to this insanity, the source said police had rolled out a security blanket of detectives in red spots to apprehend suspected ADF agents in the Central region.

According to Annual Crime Traffic and Road Safety Report of 2011, at least 10 people are killed every day in Uganda.

The report further indicates out of 1,987 cases investigated by police, 3,753 people were killed in 2011 compared to 1,761 cases in 2010, where 3,160 people died.

Last Tuesday, a man in his 40s was slaughtered and dumped next to Kibuli hospital.

Two weeks ago, an identified boda boda cyclist was hacked to death in Nalya, a Kampala suburb. A few days later, gunmen attacked and shot dead businessman Adbu Kiweewa at Prime Supermarket in Kyanja, Kampala.

This news website recently reported that Inspector General of Police Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura is working round the clock to put in place a battle-hardened, well-equipped and sophisticated commando force to track down dangerous elements killing Ugandans on a daily basis.

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