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Security Operation Nets 80 Suspected Criminals in Kabale

Kabale District Police Commander Dickens Bindeeba says the operation conducted jointly by Uganda Police and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF, was prompted by rampant cases of robbery, burglary and theft within the municipality.

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An operation mounted by security agencies in Kabale municipality has netted more than 80 suspected criminals. The suspects include 18 females, most of them Rwandan nationals, dealing in sex work in parts of Kabale. They picked from various hangouts and along the streets in Central and Southern Division.

Kabale District Police Commander Dickens Bindeeba says the operation conducted jointly by Uganda Police and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF, was prompted by rampant cases of robbery, burglary and theft within the municipality.

Bindeeba says that some of the arrested suspects have been on the police's wanted list. He adds that the suspects face Rogue and vagabond charges under section 168 of the Penal Code.

The act stipulates that a suspected or reputed thief who has no visible means of subsistence and cannot give a good account of himself and any person found wandering in, or near any premises, a road or any public place under circumstances that could lead to the conclusion that they are there for an illegal purpose, shall be deemed to be a rogue and vagabond.

According to the law, such a person commits a misdemeanour and is liable for the first offence to imprisonment for six months, and for every subsequent offence to imprisonment for one year.

 

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Kabale municipality has registered an increase in crime in recent months. On Tuesday evening, a businessman based in Kabale town identified as Francis Aryarugamu and his wife Zamu Kenkoonzi, both residents of Bataka cell, Mwanjari ward Southern Division, Kabale municipality were shot by yet to be identified thugs.

The two were walking to their home in Mwanjari Trading Center shortly after closing their soda depot in Kabale Central Market when they were attacked by two men, riding on a motorcycle. The thugs reportedly grabbed from Kenkoonzi, a black polythene bag containing watermelon and took off thinking they had grabbed money.

On the same night, Patrick Okello, the Officer-in-charge of Kabale University Police Post in Kikungiri, Southern Division, was stabbed in the chest by yet to be identified people. Okello had been called by an unknown person to respond to a theft. But a group emerged from a bush neighboring the alleged scene of the crime, and stabbed him.

Okello who was accompanied by another police officer overpowered the thugs before they took off. He is also receiving treatment at Kabale regional referral hospital.

On August 12 2018, Cleophas Rukundo, a third-year student of Bishop Barham University College Kabale, a constituent College of Uganda Christian University died after he was stabbed in a bar fight in New California T & J Transit bar and Hotel, a popular night spot and a hub for sex workers in Kabale town.  

Rukundo was drinking while dancing with a woman when he was surrounded by a group of revellers leading to a clash. The group leader, only identified as Tom, reportedly drew a knife from his pocket and stabbed Rukundo under his left armpit. 

In May 2018, Stephen Kankiriho, a Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF soldier attached to the Special Forces Command-SFC was also stabbed at the same pub by Joshua Tusingwire, a driver and resident of Muhamya village Nyarwanya parish Rubare Sub County Ntungamo district.

Kankiriho got into a fight with Tusingwire when he tried to forcefully grab a sex worker from him.

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