62 Arrested in Night Operation

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Dickens Bindeeba, the Kabale District Police Commander, says the operation was aimed at curbing crime since the motor rally that starts on Friday is expected to attract many high profile drivers from the East African region.

62 people are in Police custody following a joint operation involving police and the army in Kabale municipality ahead of the Gorilla in the Mist Motor rally this weekend. The suspects were picked up from several night spots in Kabale municipality last night.
 



They include fourteen commercial sex workers and forty-eight suspected thugs. Most of the suspects were picked up from Bombocha Pub, new California T & J Pub and Accommodation and Oasis Pub. Others were intercepted walking along the streets.

 
 
Dickens Bindeeba, the Kabale District Police Commander, says the operation was aimed at curbing crime since the motor rally that starts on Friday is expected to attract many high profile drivers from the East African region.
 



According to Bindeeba, they were forced to carry out the joint operation with the army following a public outcry on the escalation of theft.  He explains that most of the suspects were picked up for lack of identification cards and failure to explain what they were doing out at night.
 

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Kakuru Turyatemba alias Rasta farmer one of the suspects accuses the officers of torturing them during arrest. Monday Kahedi, another suspect, says security operatives didn't allow them to explain why they were out at night, adding that the operation was conducted before midnight.

 
There have been increasing cases of theft in Kabale municipality. On February 5th, unidentified thugs robbed unspecified amount of money, ATM cards, vital documents and a mobile phone from Fr. Teophil Owamani, a Priest attached to Christ the King Parish in Kabale town shortly after he disembarked from a bus from Kampala at 2am.

 
The thugs also assaulted the priest before making off with their loot.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.