A group of men, which cordoned off a remote town in Hoima District before killing a police man and terrorizing residents with rudimentary weapons, has been “dismantled” by security services.
Police say the group also threatened to kill people.
“The Police and Sister Security Agencies in Hoima, on the 13th February, 2019, dismantled a self – styled criminal gang operating in Kyabisagazi II village, Kigorobya Sub County, in Hoima district, and arrested 78 suspects; who were recklessly using their weapons of bows and arrows to promote acts of lawlessness in the area,” said police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Monday.
He said the criminal gang which comprised youth and illegal migrants of Congolese origin (Alur, Kebu and Lendu), “consolidated false control over the entire neighborhood, grabbing land, robbing road users, intimidating residents with arbitrary arrests and threats to kill.”
The group was recently in the news for the alleged murder of a police officer identified as Vincent Rutaremwa.
Enanga said out 1 suspects will be charged with the murder of No. 64005 PC Rutaremwa under Kigorobya case file number CRB 031/2019.
An additional 27 suspects were charged for illegal entry and stay, under Hoima case file number, CRB 157/2019, while 40 suspects will face charges related to going armed in public under case reference number Hoima CRB 158/2019.
Enanga said several exhibits of bows and arrows, pangas including two shoes which led to the arrest of the murder suspects were recovered.
“As we pursue other members of this criminal gang, including the ring leader Simon Achille, who is on the run, we would like to use this opportunity to invite all members of the public who could have been victimized to come forward and register their complaints,” said Enanga.
“We continue to actively monitor the area, and the country at large, to help prevent the re-emergence of such criminal acts and ensure no criminality continues to operate outside the framework of the law.”