19 arrested over marijuana, shisha smoking in Entebbe

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango. On the right are some of the items recovered as exhibits from 19 detainees accused of being in possession of marijuana and shisha smoking, PHOTO/COMBO

What you need to know:

  • Naming the suspects, he said they are all detained at Entebbe Police Station pending appearance in court.

An intelligence led operation involving Entebbe Police and the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) has effected arrests of 19 suspects accused of being in possession of marijuana and smoking shisha.

On Tuesday, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said the crackdown was conducted in Mpala-Entebbe areas.  

“The operation was carried out to eliminate criminals terrorizing the public,” Onyango noted in brief press statement.

Naming the suspects, he said they are all detained at Entebbe Police Station pending appearance in court.

Detained suspects 

1. Mark Johnson 

2. Abdu Razak Kakungulu 

3. Kevin Musazi 

4. Charles Ssemanda 

5. Vincent  Muwonge 

6. Paul Mutebi 

7. Innocent  Owor 

8. Joel Seruba 

9. Nicolas Kaggwa 

10. Hassan Bwire 

11. Shafik Musoke 

12. Denis Birumwe 

13. Geofrey  Kainerugaba 

14. Leko  Ssempa 

15. Johnathan  Muwanguzi  

16. Simon Ssemakula 

17. Bosco Tanzi 

18. Samuel Ssemwanga 

19. Dickson Kasozi 

Background 

Early June, police reactivated its special purpose taskforce in a bid to fight rising crime in especially Kampala. This followed a resurgence of gangs filmed trailing and striking their victims in the chin with snap kicks, leaving them unconscious or injured on the ground.

The suspects then rob valuables from the victims in public glare, according to circulated footage of some of the attacks caught on Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras around Uganda’s capital.

In September 2015, President Museveni assented to the Tobacco Control Act, which was gazetted on November 18 the same year.

The law provides for stringent measures aimed at protecting non- smokers from the health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco use and exposure.

The Act puts a total ban on some tobacco products including shisha, smokeless tobacco such as kubar which is chewed and other flavoured tobacco products.

The law also banned the production, sale and use of electronic cigarettes.

According to the law, any person who contravenes the Tobacco Control Act is liable to imprisonment of a term not less than a year or a fine of Shs420, 000 or both.