Soldiers, policeman arrested in foiled armed robbery
On Friday, video clips of UPDF soldiers brutally arresting a group of armed men in police and army uniforms made rounds on social media though it remained unclear why the soldiers were arresting their armed colleagues.
On Saturday, deputy UPDF spokesman Lt Col Deo Akiiki issued a statement explaining the operation.
The operation according to Akiiki’s statement was carried out following a tip off that alerted security agencies about a group of armed thugs in Bugiza, a suburb of Kampala.
The thugs were found with assortment of both Military and Police equipment including an AK 47 rifle number UG-POL 46016976-15257 with 29 bullets belonging to the police.
Akiiki has identified the suspects as ROV 11540 Lt Tobias Turyabaruhanga, a retired UPDF officer and a resident of Entebbe, RA/209126 Lance Corporal Benjamin Muzoora, a UPDF deserter, ASP Godson Bishaka, the OC of Kikumbi Police Station in Najjanankumbi and Gerald Mutagi, a resident of Entebbe.
“Contrary to media reports that the operation was carried out by CMI, instead it was conducted by Internal Security Organization (ISO),” Akiiki said.
He said joint operations by security agencies are ongoing to rid Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso districts of armed criminal gangs.
“We would like to thank the public for its increased vigilance, timely reporting and
information sharing that has led to several successful operations against such criminals,” Akiiki said.
The suspects, Akiiki said, will be arraigned before the General Court Martial once investigations are complete.
“Any member of the armed forces whether retired, deserter or serving, that
involves himself or herself in such acts commits a grave offence that attracts a
maximum punishment as stipulated in our laws,” Akiiki said.