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Police Quarterly Report: Domestic Violence Cases on the Rise, 6 Guns Recovered

Police has released a quarterly report indicating the crime curve shooting up, also highlighting the major incidents of reportable offences registered in the past quarter.

The law enforcement body says that they have registered 60 major offences, 39 lives were lost and over 62 suspects were arrested.

According to Police, in the period under review, 6 guns and 510 rounds of ammunition were recovered from robbers, kidnappers and others that were hidden by the suspected criminals.

In Kampala, a fire arm was recovered from Makindye Sabagabo municipality at Star trading centre in Bunamwaya. This was an SAR gun with 5 rounds of ammunition which was got from three robbers who were also arrested.

The robbers were identified as Isaac, Mubiru Ashraf and Sekate George William.

Four mobile phones were also recovered from them, a motorcycle, a motor vehicle number plate UAG 267M and three motorcycle keys.

This recovery followed the arrest of one of the suspects while travelling in a motor vehicle Toyota Celica number UAR 197L and they had kidnapped a one Nakitende Victoria, a businesswoman dealing in produce and a resident of Stella zone in Rubaga division.

They had robbed her of her bag containing money and two mobile phones while on her way home.

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“We caution the public against moving late in the evening. We do have robbers who use private motor vehicles and they target especially women who are vulnerable during late hours,” said spokesperson Fred Enanga.

They try to lure them into saloon cars and also taxis with very few people and then as they move along, they rob them clean,” he added.

The other fire arm was recovered by Police in Gomba district. This was after one of the residents found it in a bush at Ngalagala village where they had gone to collect firewood.

Another gun was got following an incident that occurred at Bugolobi market where a man identified as Mugasha Stuart was arrested by police and when searched, he was found in possession of a star pistol.

Reports indicate that vendors at Bugolobi accused him of threatening them with the pistol after failing to pay for food that he had eaten.

Police said that when interrogated, it was found that the suspect had picked the pistol from the safe of his brother called Edgar Mutambi who legally acquired it in 2016.

“We had him arrested and the exhibit retained at Jinja Road police station,” said police.

Security also got illegal guns from Kasese and Kween districts with 280 rounds of ammunition. One was hidden in a cave while the other riffle was recovered in a forest reserve in Kalaki district.

Enanga applauded the different police crime crack units for the successful operations saying that such illegal guns could have caused havoc to members of the public.

The law enforcement body, however, revealed it is increasingly registering crimes related to sexual and domestic violence in which several people have lost their lives and many suspects arrested.

“We continue to register deaths arising from domestic violence due to conflicts amongst couples and misunderstanding between relatives over family property and also issues of drunkenness,” Enanga said.

In spite of this, Enanga said that the police community liaison officers are continuing to partner with other stakeholders to continuously sensitize the public to desist from violence and also seek peaceful means of resolving disputes domestically.

For instance in Otara village in Maracha district, there was a nasty incident where a one Data Charles 56 year old was stabbed in the stomach by his step brother Buwatre Lino. They conflicted over a piece of land.

The suspect Buwatre Lino has been arrested and is being charged with the murder of the brother.

Other recent violent incidents happened in Buikwe and Rukungiri districts where all victims were killed in cold blood.

 

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