By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
The Uganda Police force has warned the public of a new wave of crime gangsters that have hit Kampala, the capital city of the West African country.
While addressing the media, the Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said the attackers are targeting to burn government vehicles, security centers, and fuel stations.
He said five suspects have been arrested so far to enable investigations. Enanga said they have registered four cases in relation to violent attacks involving the use of petrol carried in jerrycans, targeted at government vehicles, cars parked at police stations as exhibits on fuel stations.
Enanga also said that the names of the suspects haven’t been revealed to help in the investigations process. The attackers are believed to have started with an attempt to ban the National Resistance Movement (NRM) vehicle, parked near the offices of presidential advisor, Major Kakooza Mutale along Mawanda road in Kampala.
NRM is Uganda’s ruling government, headed by President Museveni. Enanga went on to say that another incident also involved a car belonging to the Ministry of Health where a jerry can of petrol was thrown to it while another is at Hass Petrol Station in Kawempe, a Kampala Suburb.
“If a petrol station was set ablaze, it covers a radius of 400 meters, it explodes in the form of a boom,” Enanga explained. This is not the first time for Police in Kampala to foil the gang men’s plot to disrupt the city.
According to Police Annual Crime Report 2018, there was a decrease in the volume of crime by 5.2% where 238,746 were reported as compared to 252,065 cases reported in 2017.
The crime rate in Kampala relating to problems of violent crimes such as armed robbery and assault is high at 60.38%, while those relating to corruption and bribery stands at 93.24%.
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and is home to 1.35 million people as of 2017 population estimates. It harbors people from all tribes in Uganda and also high a high population of urban refugees especially from Somalia.