Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Moses Kabugo Kafeero say over 2,321 people have been arrested in Kampala on suspicion of involvement in crimes such as robbery, counterfeits and drug abuse and distribution in the last six weeks.
The operation followed public outcry over the shooting cases of criminality victimizing both pedestrians and drivers during peak hours of the night.
In a joint operation that was conducted by Commissioner of Police (CP) Moses Kafeero and his deputy ACP. Denis Namuwooza, among other police officers curtail street robbers, Kafeero said over 1,300 suspects were arrested in a single night.
“There were many complaints from the public about these criminals targeting them in traffic jam, Criminals snatch phones, wallets, and other valuables from unsuspecting drivers, pedestrians and passengers. We cannot just look on as residents cry. We are determined to arrest and charge these criminals,” he wrote on the social media page for Kampala Metropolitan Police.
He said some criminals place knives and other rudimentary weapons on pedestrians’ ribs or necks before they force them into building corridors from where they are robbed clean.
With that aid of intelligence, covert and overt operations, CP. Kafeero vowed to wipe criminals out of Kampala.
“Why should a people be threatened, be on tension because of criminals and fear to walk on Kampala streets? We shall slowly deal with these criminals until the city is safe,” he added