How security tracked armed thugs

Friday December 13 2019

Inspection. Crime scene police conduct a search

Inspection. Crime scene police conduct a search of the car that the suspected thugs were using in Mutundwe, Kampala, on Tuesday. COURTESY PHOTO 

By James Kabengwa

New details have emerged on how a joint security team shot dead two suspected thugs as they attempted to break into a residential house in Mutundwe, a Kampala Suburb, on Tuesday.

A source close to the operation yesterday said the suspected thugs were betrayed by one of their members who volunteered in giving out information regarding the impending crime.

“He gave us the details of their plan and place where they were going to rob. We arrived before them and we knew their number, type of guns they had and the vehicle. We did not give them a leeway to fulfil their operation,” the source said.

There was an impromptu security meeting involving the army and Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel before the attack. The meeting that took place at an undisclosed venue in Mutundwe, discussed the operation.
Other security sources said the man who revealed the information is a member of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), who was working as an undercover member.

Daily Monitor understands that a group of armed robbers had plotted to attack the residence of a businessman in Kigagga zone in Mutundwe. Security didn’t warn the targeted businessman because they didn’t want to jeopardise the operation. At least six LDUs and five UPDF soldiers waited at the scene before the thugs arrived.

This version, however, contradicts details given by the deputy spokesperson of UPDF, Lt Col Deo Akiiki. Lt Col Akiiki explained that intelligence services had trailed the thugs armed with guns and house breaking tools from November 13 until December 10.

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“On December 10 at 1600 hrs, our own troops conducted an intelligence-led operation to arrest robbers and seize exhibits in Kigagga Zone in Rubaga Division,” Lt Col Akiiki said.

As the country prepares for Christmas and New Year festivities, the army has vowed to leave no stone unturned in the war against urban crime and warned that: ‘it will not be business as usual.’

Lt Col Akiiki yesterday said: “the defence forces have been put on standby to deal with any criminals.”
He said the operation to wipe out the violent criminals has been code named Tokoora 2 and is directly under the command of the commander-in-chief and President of UgandaGen Museveni.

“Operation Tokoora 2 has been ongoing. We are only giving it a new impetus to match with the rise in crime rates during the festive season to ensure everyone is safe,” Lt Col Akiiki said.

Victims

Operation. On Tuesday, four thugs were gunned down in fire exchange in Mutundwe where they had allegedly plotted to rob a businessman. Police identified the killed suspects as Stephen Wandera of Mengo, Lameck Mayanja of Kabalagala, Dick Mugalu of Makindye and Ismail Segirinya.

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