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Kifeesi gang: Police makes more arrests

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Added 15th July 2016 10:34 AM

During the assault, a police officer was attacked by the group as he tried to arrest one of them.

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The suspects will face court over a number of charges. (Credit: Abbey Ramadhan)

During the assault, a police officer was attacked by the group as he tried to arrest one of them.

KAMPALA - Kira Division Police has arrested 94 people suspected to be part of the notorious criminal gang called Kifeesi that has been terrorizing city dwellers and parts of Wakiso district.

They were arrested at Namboole Stadium during an annual local concert code-named ‘Ekyepukulu’.

The Division Police Commander, John Bosco Serunjoji told that 52 suspected criminals were identified after screening.

"Some were students with identity cards and we released them. But the remaining group is to face court at Kiira Magistrates Court," he said.

They are facing charges of rape, theft and assault of a police officer.

During the screening, Serunjoji said most of the suspects were found to be residents of Bwaise in Kawempe, Kireka and Kasokoso (in Kiira division, Wakiso) and Nsambya.

The group mainly operates at football matches, rallies and concerts in different areas of the city and Wakiso.

 

It is understood that at the July 10 concert, the group reportedly raped some womenwho had turned up for the concert.

The suspects are said to have also assaulted one of the police constables from Kiira Division Police, identified as Alex Musisi, when he attempted to arrest one of them.

"He was hit by a bottle and assaulted badly but other officers hurried to rescue him, and arrested some of the suspects," said Serunjoji.

Musisi was rushed to Mulago hospital for medication. "He was released and taken home to rest".

The suspects are said to have masqueraded as revelers and attacked and robbed unsuspecting individuals.

They allegedly snatched ladies bags, phones, jewelry and assaulted several people who attempted to stand up to them. Several of those arrested were found in possession of stolen phones, watches, wallets and cash.

"They attack people and demand for money by force" said Serunjoji, adding that all members were profiled and police will keep watch when released.

While speaking at the Rectification Campaign Police meeting with local leaders in Katwe, the assistant Inspector General of Police who also heads the campaign, Fred Yiga, said they are committed to hunting down all criminal gangs in the city and surrounding areas

"We cannot allow a situation where people live in fear because of criminals.”

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