UPDF Deserters, Four Others Arrested in City Robberies

Territorial Police in Kawempe have in custody five suspects on allegations of participating in a spate of robberies in Kawempe and it’s surrounding areas.

The suspects have been identified as  Kanyehamye Kakistone, who was later found out to be a deserter in the UPDF, and Juma Kaya, a civilian, had visited Kanyanya Police Station to stand surety for another suspect in detention among others.

According to the KMP spokesperson Luke Oweyesigire, their arrest came after police officers who were on routine patrol in the area intercepted a motor vehicle registration number UBH 295F Passo that was driven by Michael Yiga, 28, a mechanic.

“When they checked the car , they found  a UPDF cap on the dash board.” Luke said.

He said that when the vehicle occupant was tasked to explain how the got into possession of the cap, he intimated that it belonged to the owner of the vehicle.

Luke added that the mechanic led the officers to the owner of the vehicle identified as Ronald Ssenyonjo.

“Ssenyonjo denied owning the UPDF cap, but he said he often hires his vehicle to two suspected soldiers, whom he suspects to have forgotten the cap in the car.” Luke said.

Luke further said that in an interaction with Kanyehamye and Kaya, police officers discovered that they are the suspects’ accomplices. They were also arrested and a search at their homes was ordered.

“During a search, detectives recovered a number of suspected stolen items and military uniforms.” He said.

Luke noted that police has in the past recorded and investigated cases where people allegedly in Uniforms belonging to security have stopped persons and motorcycle riders robbing them of their items and motorcycles and these are highly suspected group .

The police mouth piece revealed that the suspects in detention had been arrested on offences of aggravated robbery and possesion of government  property , stealing Shs1m and an Infinix mobile phone.

Luke said that the group will be arraigned in courts of law as soon as investigations are complete.


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