UPDF soldier arrested in connection to Masaka armed robberies

LILLIAN N. MUTYABA

A soldier attached to the UPDF field artillery and air defence training school barracks at Butiaba in Masindi district is among the six suspects that have been arrested in connection to the recent wave of armed robberies and killings in Masaka sub-region.

Pte Paul Sserugo number RA22841 was arrested from Kyotera district in a police swoop that also netted Matia Kawada a real estate property broker in Masaka town, two boda boda riders, Julius Nsamba and Quraish Kateregga, both residents of Masaka Municipality.

Others are, Manisur Nakanama, a butcher in Masaka in town, Aron Turyahabwa of Ntete village in Sembabule district and Sam Byakatonda a resident of Bujooba village in Rakai district.

The group is suspected to have been the architects of a spate of killings that claimed at least three lives last week.

According to the Greater Masaka regional police spokesman Lameck Kigozi, the suspects were arrested with two sub-machine guns, six magazines with 100 rounds of ammunition which are believed to have been stolen from Butiaba army barracks and sneaked into Masaka by Pte Sserugo.

Being that they were found in possession of military hardware, Kigozi said, the police handed over the suspects to the army that transferred them to the Military Police barracks at Makindye, Kampala.

They will be arraigned in the military court martial where they will face charges of murder, aggravated robbery and illegal possession of fire arms among others.