Ugandan security agencies have today vowed to continue with joint operations following the arrest of Boda Boda 2010 group members who have been arresting and terrorizing fellow motorcyclists in the city.
Over the weekend the joint force of the police, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) conducted an operation that led to arrest over 30 Boda Boda 2010 members including their leader Abdallah Kitata. The suspected thugs are currently held at CMI headquarters, while security officers are recovering motorcycles which were reportedly confiscated from other cyclists.
In a press briefing held at Uganda Media Centre, UPDF Deputy Spokesperson Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki said security agencies, working on precise intelligence, joined hands to bring the criminal activities of Boda Boda 2010 to an end.
“We are continuing with operations, some people are still at large but we assure you we shall get them no matter who they are as long as they are still living,” Lt. Col. Akiki said.
He added: “In this operation, there were attempts to interfere with the arresting officers, by a group of some people tried to obstruct the arrest of these suspects, closing roads, using the media to call people to act against the security forces.”
In a related development, police has arrested Kitata’s brother in an operation linked to the death of Francis Ekalungar, a former employee of Case Clinic who was kidnapped and later murdered on Tuesday January 2, 2018. Mr. Ekalungar body, found by Kajjansi police, was burnt beyond recognition. His car was later to be found at the home of one of the suspected Boda Boda 2010 members.
Meanwhile, police has this morning dispersed Century Boda Boda group members who were jubilating the arrest of Kitata over the weekend. Jubilations saw the burning of Boda Boda 2010 at different offices in Bukesa and Wakaliga.
Century Boda Boda claim Kitata’s group has been conducting various arrests of other boda boda cyclists, detaining and torturing them in ungazetted places.
“They pledged to stand as witness in case they are produced before court, they have killed, tortured confiscated our motorcycles and caused grievance harm to most of our fellow cyclists,” the jubilating cyclists said.
As a result police spokesperson Emilian Kayima has asked Ugandans to be vigilant to ensure peace and stability
‘’Unfortunately, some people are taking the law in their hands destroying property of Boda Boda 2010; we ask Ugandans to respect rule of law and let the law work,” Kayima said.