By Jeff Andrew Lule
POLICE have called on the public to report any strange gang groups and individuals to relevant authorities in their areas in different parts of the city and other neighboring areas.
This follows a recent attack in Kampala and Wakiso districts by unknown assailants where two people were killed instantly and 25 motorcycles stolen.
Police said there is a new wave of gangs operating in the city and neighboring areas who are suspected to be part of the racket killing people and robbing motorcycles.
According to Police investigations, many of the suspects are ex-convicts who were released from various prisons after serving their sentence on charges of aggravated robbery and murder.
Speaking to New Vision on Thursday, the Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson, Ibin Ssenkumbi said Police is restlessly hunting for the suspects and has already identified some of the gang groups and their leaders.
The suspects, Ssenkumbi said use iron bars, hummers, knives and machetes among other tools.
He said Police has beefed up security in different parts of Kampala, Wakiso and other areas to avoid similar incidents.
“Police is still hunting for the suspects and investigating the murders. But preliminary reports show that many leaders of these gangs were ex-convicts. They regrouped, changed gang names and resumed their deadly acts after being released from prison,” he noted.
Ssenkumbi said many of the suspected gang leaders have already been identified by police and are being hunted.
“We identified new gangs, where they operate and their leaders. Some have no names. We know they changed names to confuse police,” he added.
He said majority of the gangs operate in Kampala with a big network in other areas.
“Our people are on ground in different areas. We have increased patrols in different areas. We are working together with other security agencies and we urge people to stop moving in the late hours of the night,” Ssenkumbi added.