KISORO, UGANDA: The police in Kisoro District have arrested seven students including a P.7 candidate for staging illegal roadblocks and waylaying residents during night hours.
The District Police Commander SP Musisi Richard confirmed the arrest and identified come of the suspects as Mugira Alvin 16 and Tuyambaze Jonan 17, both students at Kisoro progressive SS, while others are Mucunguzi Isaac 15 from Gisorora Primary School and Twesigye Daniel 15, a Primary Seven candidate at Nyakabande Junior Primary School.
According to SP Musisi, the group of four was arrested by the locals on Wednesday night and later handed them to police after they were found red-handed staging illegal roadblocks and stealing people’s property.
“They were found in possession of slashers, machetes and other sharp objects for use while attacking people. Recently they waylaid an employee of a certain commercial bank near Saaza grounds and injured him before taking off with his valuable properties,” DPC Musisi Richard said, adding that another group of three was also arrested on Thursday.
SP Musisi noted that the arrested teenagers had attacked a DFUC staff identified as Muhereza Everest with slashers and other objects attacked, beat up and injured him in an incident reported at 10:20 pm near Budogo trading centre, between Saaza playground and Kisoro PTC.
According to preliminary information, the suspects have been jumping over school fences during night hours to stage illegal roadblocks and they would use the stolen money to buy alcohol and other drug substances.
“We have people we call students, but they jump school fences during night hours and stage illegal roadblocks targeting wanainchi. These students are always high on alcohol, drugs and as they run out of money to get them these drugs, they resort to waylaying residents and grabbing their items. Some victims are left with permanent injuries because these students are always armed with dangerous objects”, he said.
The DPC asked school owners to approach his office so that they can help in recommending some good security companies that will help their schools to reduce the vice of escapism.
“I’m told that Askaris guarding these schools are 60 years and above. What is this man at 60 years going to do? Please, the school proprietors, I know you are in a business but come over to us and we recommend to you private security companies that have Askaris that can overcome these challenges,” Sp Musisi added.
The headteacher of Kisoro Progressive Secondary School Mr Harera Charles confirmed the arrest of his students but refuted the claims that his other students are unruly.
All the suspects shall be aligned in courts of law and charged with aggravated robbery once the police conclude with the investigations.