Police in Mbarara district have intensified their operation to wipe out armed robbery in Mbarara and its neighboring districts.
The operation started on March 20 this year after residents continuously complained about armed goons, says Mbarara District Police Commander (DPC) SP Jaffar Magyezi.
In one of the key operations mounted by the Mbarara police flying squad unit, Hussein Guma, an army deserter attached to 2nd Division Makenke barracks was shot and killed.
He was found with an AK47 rifle, multiple bullets, machetes, and three pairs of army uniform, hand cuffs, a radio call among other weapons and stolen property.
Consequently, police mounted several other operations, including one in Mitooma district, where, with the help of Guma’s phone, they killed two other accomplices of Guma and arrested three others.
Police also recovered two rifles.
Magyezi said to this website on Friday that police has been able to recover two powerful guns. This was during an operation conducted in Mbarara on Monday, April 9.
According to the police chief, one of the guns was used to attack a Chinese businessman around Mbarara town. Security operatives were, however, quick in action to abort the robbery.
The rifle contained 120 ammunitions.
One suspect was arrested but Magyezi declined to reveal his details, saying that he will help police to arrest others who are still at large.
Sources indicate that most of the guns terrorizing Mbarara have army numbers, and they could be originating from Makenke barracks.
One of the rifles obtained was PK rifle, which according to sources, is used only in wars.
The others are, according to police, stolen from security groups in the area.
Magyezi confirmed that in a period of one and a half months, 5 guns have been recovered, 5 suspects have been arrested and 3 were killed.