Kiira Region police are holding eight
suspected ring leaders of criminal gangs that have been terrorizing Jinja city
residents. Police picked up the suspects from the suburbs of Bugembe, Mafubira,
Masese and Mpumudde in operations conducted on Wednesday night.
According to police, the suspects
are the ring leaders of criminal gangs operating on roundabouts and major
roads connecting to the central business district of Jinja city. They
reportedly major in phone snatching, distribution of counterfeit currency and
theft of household items like mattresses and other home appliances.
The suspects who are being detained
at Kiira central police station include; Umar Sande, Matia Kadam, Twahir
Kanakulya, Sam Kasadha, Junior Kasule, Ashiraf Kalema, Robert Ssenyonga and
their overall leader, Suleiman Magezi alias Eastern giant.
searched the respective homes of the suspects where they recovered 25 mobile
phones, 42 old simcards and counter currency Shillings 50,000 amounting to
about Shillings 950,000 that was being stored in the same bag alongside Shillings
730,000 of genuine currency.
Shamir Byakika, a victim says that the suspects stole his household items in
his absentia. “They came with a truck over the weekend and loaded all my
household items, after convincing my landlord how I had resolved to relocate to
another location,” he said.
Kiira region’s police commander, Dauda Hiriga says that they recovered a gun
of AK47 series early this year which has been since recorded among the
exhibits, after the group’s overall leader, Magezi confessed that it was one
of the weapons which eased their craft of robbing valuables from unsuspecting
Hiriga adds that the suspects will be charged with four counts of aggravated
robbery, theft and burglary, being in possession of counterfeit notes and being
in possession of the stolen property.