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Major Bilal Katamba, the 1st Division UPDF Spokesperson, says the suspected thugs had raided Nansana East II B zone where they were found breaking the walls of buildings to gain access.
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Four suspected thugs are in custody following their arrest by a team of Police and Local Defense Unit –LDU personnel during patrol in Nansana municipality in Wakiso district on Wednesday night. 

Major Bilal Katamba, the 1st Division UPDF Spokesperson, says the suspected thugs had raided Nansana East II B zone where they were found breaking the walls of buildings to gain access.  

“Our LDUs and police while on night patrol found six thugs hitting walls in order to remove bricks. They were fighting hard to gain access into the building. We encircled them and we arrested four out of six,” Maj. Katamba said.  

Those in custody at Nansana Poluice Station are Richard Ssempijja, Alex Kwenda, Baker Kakooza and Yasin Mutyaba. 

According to Maj. Katamba, they have since established that the thugs who were armed with hammers had targeted the building belonging to businessman William Musoke.  

In his statement, Musoke says thugs have severally broken into his buildings, which he blames on insufficient security and many idle youths in the area. 

Maj Katamba cautions youths against walking past curfew time, saying it is difficult to differentiate thugs from innocent people. 

“If its curfew time, please be at home. We won’t be able to differentiate criminals from innocent people,” Maj Katamba said. 

Several thugs have been arrested in the recent past for breaking into homes and commercial premises. 

Some of thugs are led by LDU deserters or former operatives to attached to security units such as Flying Squad, ISO and crime intelligence.

Two months ago, security arrested Asan Mayanja, a UPDF deserter who was formally attached to Lubaga battalion. Mayanja was arrested by an intelligence team that tracked his movements.

There are more than 6000 LDUs in Kampala Metropolitan area comprising Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono districts. 

Although LDUs have been criticized for brutalizing and killing civilians, they have managed to arrest more than 2000 suspected thugs since their deployment in April last year.

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