Police in connection with Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) Special Forces Command (SFC) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) have arrested eight suspects in connection to murder of Maj Noel Mwesigye a UPDF Officer attached to Special Forces Command.
Maj Noel Mwesigye was gunned down by armed robbers at his farm in Luwero in January whereby his pistol and phones were taken by assailants.
According to security sources, the killer group also killed Lawrence Kawuki in Nakaseke District and eight others in various robberies.
Security says, among the suspects arrested include a woman and still hunting for more. “All the suspects are residents of the greater Luweero, which is comprised of Luweero, Nakasongola and Nakaseke districts,” says another security officer
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says the arrest is a milestone in ending violent crime in the Savannah police region. He added that the killer gun that was used in nearly all the 21 incidents was also recovered by the Flying Squad.
“The suspects had earlier robbed the gun from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldier. We have also recovered the pistol they robbed from Maj Mwesigye. Three magazines and 17 ammunitions (bullets) were recovered after searching the homes of the suspects,” says Enanga.
He said the suspects face 10 counts of murder, 21 counts of aggravated robbery, attempted murder and illegal possession of firearms.
Some of the victims include Rajab Sseruwu, Rajab Ssuuna, George Musisi, Janat Nabirembe, Ms Sarah Nalubega, Ms Cissy Nakimbowa, MrTonnyKalabi, Ms Jessica Najjuuko, Mr Herbert Kiviiri, Mr Joseph Mpaga and Mr Lawrence Kawuki.
The armed criminals would waylay business people and others before taking off with their valuables. Most victims were robbed of between Shs400,000 and Shs7m.
The bust of the gang followed intelligence information about one of them who was involved in robbery.
“When we searched the home of one of the suspects, we found an SMG gun whose muzzle had been cut off. The gun was examined and linked to the shootings in the three districts,” Enanga said.