In a bid to wipe out crime in the city, Kampala Metropolitan Police has this week arrested 1355 suspected criminals belonging to the “Kifeesi” criminal gang in sting operation.
The operation that was mounted in different parts of the city aimed at sweeping the ‘Kifeesi’ criminals off the streets.
“Kifeesi” is a huge criminal gang with affiliate members who terrorize Kampala city dwellers from different divisions of the city.
The operation that took place on Thursday was sanctioned by the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander CP. Moses Kafeero Kabugo and his deputy ACP Denis Namuwoza.
The action followed a public outcry from different parts of the city that” some areas were impassable and unsafe due to the violent criminals.”
According to police, the suspects arrested are accused of mugging people, general thefts vandalism on streets and in traffic jam, drug abuse, disorganizing and disrupting the public during peak hours.
In the operation, police recovered a number of items which include bags, phones, marijuana, TVs, Radios, woofers, master keys, drugs, breaking implements, pangas, knives, motor vehicle parts, jewelry among other things.
The operation was carried out in areas of Katwe, Kasangati, Old Kampala, Jinja Road Divisions, Mukono, Nagalama and Kira Road Divisions.
The other areas were Kira Division, Kakiri Division, Nansana, Nsangi, Entebbe, Kajjansi, Kabalagala, Wandegeya, CPS Kampala Division, Kawempe and Wakiso Division.
The suspects arrested were on Friday subjected to screening before responsible citizens, elders and local area leaders.
In a statement by Kampala metropolitan police, 436 were arraigned before courts of law and remanded to different prison facilities till 14 July 2018, while the rest are pending court next week.
Commander Kampala Metropolitan Police CP Kafeero thanked local leaders and the entire community where the operations were carried out for volunteering to give information that led to discovery of the various key black spots in Kampala and it surroundings.
“These operations are to be carried on till the people in Kampala have a feel of relative peace and safety,” CP. Kafeero said.