25 arrested as police crackdown on machete-wielding thugs in Kayunga

Kayunga, (UG):- The territorial police in Kayunga District have arrested 25 thugs suspected to be part of the machete-wielding gang that has been terrorising residents in the central Ugandan district.

The group who are linked to the murder of one person, and injuring 11 others in Kitimbwa and Busaana Subcounties were netted in an operation carried out in the areas following a public outcry from area leaders and residents.

“After an outcry from leaders and residents, we carried an intelligence-led operation during which 25 suspects were apprehended. The notorious gang had created insecurity in the two sub-counties forcing residents to lock themselves in their houses by 7 pm,” Kayunga DPC, Ms Rosette Sikahwa stated on Monday.

“We recovered blood-stained machetes and also found caves in suspects’ houses where they have been hiding in case they are being sought,” she added.

Ms Sikahwa explained that the gangsters who call themselves B-13 have been staging illegal roadblocks making it hard for residents to move freely.

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She added that most of the suspects are drug addicts below 30 years while some are teenagers who now face charges of aggravated robbery, and attempted murder among others.

“We have preferred charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, and causing grievous harm against them. They will be taken to court as soon as investigations are complete,” Ms Sikahwa said.

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Despite some local leaders in the two sub-counties complaining that police had released some suspects without their knowledge as complainants, the DPC said they had released those who are not directly linked to the matter.

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