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Mukono Supermarket Robbers were Civilians, Video Analysis Reveals

Col. Mwesigye, who heads operation ‘Tokoora’ (Removing Impurities) sanctioned by President Yoweri Museveni in 2018 has ordered Lt. Col. Mathew Kalema who heads Mpoma barracks in Mukono to shoot on sight however is involved in armored robberies.
Col. Fred Mwesigye, Commander Operation Tokoora in KMP.

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The Uganda People’s Defense Forces Commandant in charge of Operation Tokoora in Kampala Metropolitan Area, Col Fred Mwesigye has said the robbers who attacked Spice Supermarket in Mukono were civilians, according to security analysis. 

Although the robbers were using AK 47 automatic assault rifles that in Uganda are an exclusive monopoly of the government armed forces, Colonel Mwesigye says an analysis of the weapon handling captured on CCTV video reveals that the robbers had never undergone training in weapons handling. He therefore ruled out their ever having been being either army or police personnel. 

The Police Director of Operations, AIP Edward Ochom together with Col Fred Mwesigye then warned that armed robbers terrorizing the business community in Mukono will be shot on sight at the crime scene.

The two who were accompanied by all Kampala Metropolitan Regional Police Commanders and the Head of Community Policing Anatoli Muleterwa, sent a warning to robbers in a meeting with stakeholders from Mukono Municipality held following the recent armed robberies in the area.

Col. Mwesigye, who heads operation ‘Tokoora’ (Removing Impurities) sanctioned by President Yoweri Museveni in 2018 has ordered Lt. Col. Mathew Kalema who heads Mpoma barracks in Mukono to shoot on sight however is involved in armored robberies.

He has also made an analysis of the video clip recorded by CCTV cameras released recently at Spice Supermarket in Mukono and concluded that the weapon handling showed that the robbers are civilians.

In the video clip, the attackers disarmed a security guard before throwing down his gun. According to Col. Mwesigye, trained security personnel can fight with two guns instead of amateurishly kicking away one as captured in the video.

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The Police Director of Operations, Ochom has noted that thugs are poor at listening but there are no regrets for what is going to happen to them. He has also warned leaders against politicizing security matters but instead urged local council-LCI leaders to promote the habit of neighborhood watch.

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The recent attack at the supermarket happened a day after a security meeting attended by the Kampala Metropolitan Commander, Stephen Tanui, LCI chairpersons district security personnel but which was closed to the media.

The Resident District Commissioner, Fatumah Ndisaba has acknowledged that robbers "skipped them at a blind side" to execute their mission. She has appealed to the KMP commandant for more patrols to be conducted within the known ghetto hubs of thugs within Mukono Municipality.

Tanui, the KMP commander stressed that whoever is still involved in armed robberies should start writing the Will making his or her last prayer to the lord since they will shoot them on sight.

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Meanwhile, residents appealed for intensified security monitoring especially within busy centers. Muhammad Wasswa Takwana, the LCI Chairperson of Ggulu ward in Mukono Central Division has appealed to security officers to practice confidentiality especially when it comes to hiding names of people who volunteer to serve them with community information.

“We report several matters and wrongdoers to the police but before reaching home they already know that we have reported them. Can’t you investigate without revealing the informers' identities?” Takwana wondered loudly. 

Mukono has been awash with incidents of armed robberies with attackers injuring innocent people as well as taking off with money and properties. 

The latest attack happened at Spice supermarket where a cashier was shot. 

After the meeting, the director operations revisited the scene for more analysis. So far police have confirmed arrest of eight people.