Luweero Police Attack: 35 Suspects Picked Up

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In short
B13 gangsters have been threatening to raid Kasana Police Post to avenge the shooting of their leader the late Ronald Ssemuyaba Katongole last year during a botched burglary. According to Kigozi, the gangsters renewed their threats on Saturday following the arrest of their leader Abdul Karim Ssenyimba alias Cobra in connection to various thefts in the district.

Police have picked up 35 suspected members of the notorious Bad Boys 13 aka B13 gang in connection to the attack on Kasana Police Post in Luweero town council.  The assailants stabbed Geoffrey Bala to death and injured Sergeant Sarah Achan critically.

As a result, Police swung into action to track the assailants. By Thursday morning, Police had picked up 35 suspects from Kizito, Bukuma and Kavule zones in Luweero town council. Some of the suspects include Ahamad Ssempala, Arafat Mugamba, Hassan Ssengendo and Denis Ssozi, the ring leaders of the B13 gang. 
 
 B13 gang members are known for terrorizing Luweero residents for survival. Lameck Kigozi, the Savanah Regional Police Spokesperson says following a screening exercise, detectives have zeroed in on 10 members of the gang.

He says B13 gangsters have been threatening to raid Kasana Police Post to avenge the shooting of their leader the late Ronald Ssemuyaba Katongole last year during a botched burglary. According to Kigozi, the gangsters renewed their threats on Saturday following the arrest of their leader Abdul Karim Ssenyimba alias Cobra in connection to various thefts in the district.

Kigozi says Police suspects that, the gangsters raided the Police Post to rescue their leader and rob guns but fortunately he had already been transferred.

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Kigozi says they have also tightened security around Sarah Achan who is admitted at Mulago Hospital for fear that the gang members could attack her since she is an eye witness. Kasana Police Post has resumed its normal duties. 

The suspects have not yet commented on their arrest as they couldn't be reached by URN. However, some of the residents interviewed by URN accuse Police of picking up innocent youths. Muzafaru Mukwayo, a resident of Kavule zone says some of the youths were picked up from video halls on grounds that they were idle and disorderly.
 
 He says they were shocked by the arrests since some of the youths are not members of the infamous B13 gang. Christopher Lutwama, another resident called for speedy investigations, but warned Police against arresting innocent people to appease their superiors.

 

About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.