Police in Fort Portal have recovered two guns and 15 rounds of ammunitions suspected to have been used in robbery activities in the Western region and Democratic Republic of Congo.
John Gahwa, the Acting Regional Police Commander Western region, says the police also arrested three notorious robbers who were found in possession of the fire arms.
The suspects now detained at Fort Portal police station are Patrick Ruyonga, 72-year-old Mzee Julius Tibemanya and his wife Alice Tibemanya , all residents of Kinyantale village, Nyabuharwa sub-county in Kyenjojo district.
The RPC says that Ruyonga’s name first surfaced in 2001 during the famous Wembley operations. At the time, some suspects revealed that they were being led by Ruyonga who was in possession of a number of guns.
On learning that police was hunting for him, Ruyonga sold off his land in Karambi and relocated to Kinyantale in Kyenjojo where he has been staying until August 22nd when he was netted at Mpanga market along the Fort Portal-Kampala highway.
On interrogation, Ruyonga said that he owned two SMG submachine guns which he and others still at large were using to terrorize the residents in Western districts especially robbing vehicles on Fort Portal Kampala high way.
Gahwa says Ruyonga led the police to Kinyantale and recovered the guns which were found buried deep in Mzee Tibemanya’s banana plantation. The guns were wrapped in polythene papers.
Tibemanya mobilized the residents to fight police and to block them from arresting his sons currently on the run.
Gahwa says they also recovered stolen items including iron sheets, mattresses, blankets, bicycles, motorcycles.
The suspects will appear before the court martial in Kampala to answer charges of being in possession of fire arms and armed robbery.