President Museveni has given the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Steven Sabiiti Muzeyi, two days to come up with a plan to combat the increasing cases of burglary and armed robberies.
Describing the criminals as “pigs whose crimes will only add to the credit of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)”, Mr Museveni assured the country that they will be “defeated.”
“Greetings to all of you. I have been moving to Addis Ababa, Juba, Jinja etc. Today, I am busy with Cabinet. In a few days, I will get time to respond to your earlier responses. However, for today, I will only comment on the pigs that are attacking People with pangas and mitayimbwa (steel- bars) and robbing them. These are gangs we shall easily defeat. That is what we did with the Kiddawalime gang in Masaka, the gang of Bukomero, the gang of Entebbe etc,” Mr Museveni said in a statement shared on his social media pages.
The president added: “I have given two days to Commander Sabiiti of the Police to come out with a plan to combat these gangs. The IGP is away in Peru for a meeting. I will look at that plan, comment on it and it will, then, be communicated to all of you.”
According to the president, it is easy to “defeat these gangs.”
“Their crimes will only add to the credit of the NRM because we are going to defeat them. Yet, the People have already seen the bankruptcy and the criminality of these groups and those who back them,” he added.
His statement comes amid reports of increasing incidents of burglary and armed robberies in homes especially in Kampala Metropolitan Police area.
The criminals, ranging from four to seven, armed with machetes, housebreaking implements and sometimes firearms attack homes and make off with home appliances, cars and money, according to various police reports.
Police reports indicate that Kira, Kasangati, Bwebajja, Wakiso, Lungujja and Kajjansi are some of the areas where high cases of burglaries are reported.
The latest incident was an attack on a Uganda Revenue Authority worker, Mr Crispus Mugabe, at Seeta Village in Kasangati Municipality, Wakiso District yesterday at 3:20am.
About five criminals armed with machetes and housebreaking implements raided his home and stole laptops, mobile phones, appliances, Shs2 million and his vehicle before they fled.
Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said Mr Mugabe’s vehicle was recovered at Ring Road in Kampala city after engaging two suspects that were occupying it.