Three Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF
deserters have been arrested in connection to robberies targeting mobile money
operators in the city. The trio was picked up in a joint operation
involving UPDF and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).
are Stanley Muluta alias Frank Jjumba, Emma Onen Ochan and Denis Mwanguhya. Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says the suspects
were picked up in an operation that started on Tuesday in Masanafu in Lubaga
Division where two guns were also recovered.
He says Stanley
Muluta was arrested in Masanafu where a Police Constable was shot by Richard
Kasirye who is still at large. According to Enanga, during
interrogations Muluta named Onen, Mwanguhya and other suspects still at large
as his accomplices.
Ballistic examination of cartridges recovered from
the scenes of six mobile money robberies pin Muluta, Onen and Mwanguhya. The three guns recovered from the suspects are
the ones whose cell casings were found at the robbery scenes.
released from Luzira Prison in April this year after serving a 3-year jail
terms for robbing a forex bureau in 2015. According to investigations, Muluta reunited
with Mwanguhya and Onen shortly after his release from prison.
The trio’s first
assignment was the robbery of a Toyota Harrier registration number UBA 874W,
mobile phones and money in Masaka on May 4, which they sold in South Sudan.
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On May 14, the group robbed a couple in Natete Church Zone
that was returning from a mobile money shop at around 10: 45pm. They fired
random bullets, which killed Rafael Walugembe., a student of Nkozi University.
On May 17, the suspects allegedly robbed Shillings16M from
Nalukwago Sanyu, a mobile money operator whom they trailed from Natete up to
Kitende Cell A zone along Entebbe Road.
Investigations have revealed that the trio robbed Nalukwago
at gun point and sped off in a Toyota Wish registration number UBE 481A, which
had previously been cited in a robbery in Natete.
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Police say they are still studying the evidence and
cartridges recovered from robbery scenes in Mpererwe, Nansana and Mbale to
establish whether the trio and their accomplices were behind the attacks. The robbery at Cheap General Hardware in
Nansana on May 29th left three workers dead and Shs385M stolen.
In Mbale, a Police Constable was shot in a
gunfire exchange with thugs. “It took dedicated crime intelligence. This
has been a successful operation. This is a gang that has been using three
motorcycles and a search for other suspects continues,” Enanga said.
Armed thugs moving on three motorcycles have so
far killed three people in mobile money robberies. The victims include Harriet
Nalwadda, who was killed alongside her worker, Moreen Nakabuubi on Monday June
10th in Zzana along Entebbe Road.
Police have preferred three counts of the murder of Nalwadda,
Nakabubi and Walugembe and two attempted murder against the suspects. The suspects will also be charged with illegal possession of firearms.
Details so far gathered indicate that Muluta shot a UPDF Lieutenant before he
deserted the army.