JINJA, UGANDA: Police in Kiira Region have recovered two vehicles which were stolen from Bugembe, Jinja city in the night by yet-to-be-identified perpetrators.
The vehicles include a Toyota Pajero UAD 666X stolen from Igenge Hill in Bugembe at around 3 am on Thursday morning from the home of Mr John Bosco Musota in Jinja City and a Toyota Camry UAK 923P stolen from Igenge Hill in Bugembe from the home of Mr Ronald Ibanda.
Kiira Region Police Spokesperson SP James Mubi confirmed the report saying police used their CCTV cameras and intensified crime intelligence information which enable them to recover the first vehicle from Nakibizi, Njeru division in Buikwe district while another one was recovered from Bugembe cathedral farm.
“Using our CCTV cameras and intensified crime intelligence information, we have recovered the Toyota Pajero from Nakibizi, Njeru division in Buikwe district and Toyota Camry from Bugembe cathedral farm,” SP Mubi said in a Thursday statement adding that police are seriously tracking for the culprits and that they will be arrested and prosecuted anytime.
According to Mubi, police in Kiira Region have now resorted to coordinating with the neighbouring policing regions of Sezibwa and Busoga East to wipe out wrong elements citing that most of the culprits originate from the two regions.
“We’re coordinating with Sezibwa region and Busoga East region to wipe out these wrong elements because most of the culprits come from those areas. Our intelligence is on the ground to feed operational commanders with credible information and we are determined to crack down on the group as Jinja police,” Mubi assured.
Mubi told this website that there haven’t been such cases for a decade ever since a criminal gang led by one Simon Olowo was apprehended and thrown in jail along with others. These were terrorizing Jinja city residents by stealing motor vehicle number plates.
“In 2022, we arrested a criminal gang that was terrorizing Jinja city residents by stealing motor-vehicle number plates, especially from our brothers and sisters of the Indian community. Simon Olowo who was the gang leader is serving 14-year imprisonment sentences at Kirinya prisons along with others,” he added.
The Regional Police Spokesperson urged residents of Bugembe to remain calm and cooperate with police by sharing timely information citing that they are determined to sweep suspected criminals out of Jinja by arresting and prosecuting culprits through conducting day and night patrols, intensifying community policing by emphasizing neighbourhood watch and village security meetings, among others.