Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, has now indicated that investigators have concluded that charges of aggravated robbery and attempted murder are befitting the gang because they also robbed victims with machetes. Another offence police have preferred against the accused persons is repeated conspiracy to commit crimes.
The Criminal Investigations Directorate –CID has
slapped charges of aggravated robbery against nine members of Kayunga district
land and fake dollar fraud gang.
The suspects who include Namakandwa Local
Council chairperson, Jennifer Nandutu, were netted by Crime Intelligence last
week after numerous complaints.
Other suspects are Juma Mulinde, Samuel Samanya, Kassim
Kiyingi, John Walakira, Kenneth Zziwa, Adam Boogere, Abby Kalumira and Ali
detective who participated in the hunt for the suspects said they
first arrested Ali Wambui after he was identified by one of the victims.
Upon arrest, Wambui was asked to call his colleagues
that he had a deal and the prospective buyer was loaded with money.
clothed team found 15 members gathered waiting to hoodwink their victim.
But as the intelligence team disguised as buyers
approached the meeting venue, some of the 15 people became suspicious and four
fled the scene. One of them identified as Nicholas Onyango, attempted to
confront the security personnel and he was fatally wounded.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, has now indicated
that investigators have concluded that charges of aggravated robbery and attempted
murder are befitting the gang because they also robbed the victims with machetes. Another
offence police have preferred against the accused persons is repeated conspiracy
to commit crimes.
Security says the group majorly operating in
Kangulumira has been disguising as land dealers, land owners and witnesses with
the help of Nandutu who often presented the village security stamp to hoodwink
“They would entice people with land fake deals and
after negotiations, they would turn around unsuspecting buyers. They would threaten
the buyers with machetes and them rob them of their money,” Enanga explains.
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Crime intelligence indicates that Nandutu has been a
legitimate chairperson but chose to conspire with criminals at the expense of the
importance of her office. Some of the gang acted as members of Namakandwa LC1
committee, others would show up as owners of land pieces being sold and some
would act as residents who were witnessing the purchase.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.