UPDF officer arrested over Highway robberies

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On 13 August 2016 saa 01:32
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A Uganda people Defence Force (UPDF) captain has been arrested for involving in Highway robberies.

A Uganda People Defence Force’s (UPDF) captain has been arrested for his involvement in Highway robberies.

The suspect, said to have been commanding highway robberies and attached to National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi District, was arrested alongside four others as they planned to stage a robbery on Masaka –Kampala Highway.

Mr Emilian Kayima, the Kampala Metropolitan Political Commissar and Spokesperson, said the five were arrested from a hotel in Buwama town last week after an intelligence alert.

He said the hunt for Highway robbers was intensified after a renowned local singer Mr Geoffrey Lutaaya and his wife Irene Namatovu were robbed on gunpoint in Butambala District in June.

“We believe these are some of the ring leaders of highway robberies and other raids across the country. They had army uniforms which we suspected were provided by their commander (the UPDF Captain),” Mr Kayima said yesterday while speaking to the media at Central Police Station.

He said the criminals have been waylaying public cars and cargo trucks on highways in the districts of Hoima, Kazo, Butambala, Ntungamo, Kyenjojo and Kiboga.

“We have realised that these are habitual offenders who have very many cases at the different police stations. They will be arraigned in court after investigations. They are facing charges of aggravated robbery,” he said.

The police last month killed a UPDF soldier suspected of carrying out armed robberies in the city against mobile money agents. He died after sustaining injuries in a shoot-out with police officers in Nakaseke District.
Corporal Kenneth Tindibweba was intercepted as he was fleeing back to Singo Military Training School in Nakaseke District.
Police spokesman, Mr Fred Enanga, said Cpl Tindibweba resisted arrest and then turned his rifle on the police officers, who shot back and killed him.

This was the second soldier to be involved armed robbery in less than a month. In June, Pte Kenneth Mugombesya, was arrested in Kalagi township in Mukono District after he and four others mounted a roadblock around Kalagi and robbed commuters of their phones and money.

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Just last week, over eight highway robberies occurred across the country, especially along Mbarara -Ntungamo road.