Police in Kakiri, Wakiso District has arrested nine suspects and recovered nine motorcycles from a notorious criminal gang that has been robbing people in the surrounding areas.
This follows a report of stealing two motorcycles which were registered at Bukalanga Police Post under Kakiri Division by Kiwanuka Elijah, a businessman and a resident at Kikubampanga zone, Kakiri Town Council in Wakiso District “that in the night of 30th September 2020 at an unknown time, unknown people broke into his house and stole two motorcycles Reg. Nos. UDR 663Q and UDL 710Z all Bajaj Boxer.”
“Police opened up Inquiries, visited the scene of crime and relevant statements were recorded.Nine suspects were arrested in connection to this crime,” Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson said.
During the operations, police recovered nine motorcycles with registration numbers; UDX 262Q, UDL 710Z, UDX 189U, UDR 663Q, UDR 744R, UEX 962Q, UDH 661D, UEB 978G and UDV 178N and four forged log books.
“Police established that in the night of 30/09/2020, at unknown time of the night, thugs broke in the house of the complainant where he had kept his two motorcycles Reg Nos. UDL 710Z and UDR 663Q and stole those motorcycles and complainant reported the matter to police for assistance,” Patrick Onyango said.
“Fortunately, motorcycle Reg. No. UDR 663Q belonging to the complainant was sold to one Kityo John who incidentally works with the complainant at the same Boda Boda stage in Kakiri Town Council,” he said
Kiwanuka later saw his motorcycle with Kityo at the stage and he inquired how Kityo got that motorcycle.
“Kityo revealed that he too bought the said motorcycle from one called Mukasa Joseph a mechanic at Kiwawu village in Mityana district at one million shillings (Ugx 1,000,000/=),” Onyango said.
“Kityo was brought to police by the complainant together with the exhibit motorcycle Reg No. UDR 663Q where he was tasked by the police to lead them to the whereabouts of the Mukasa Joseph whom he alleged sold to him the said motorcycle,” he added.
Mukasa Joseph was then arrested at Mityana with the help of Kityo John from where he does his work of repairing motorcycle.
Upon interrogation, Onyango says Mukasa also revealed that he bought the said motorcycle shillings (Ugx 850,000/=) and on original log book was given to him after the payment.
“When Mukasa Joseph was being brought to Kakiri he sighted Kayemba Ibra at Bujuuko Town and Kayemba Ibra was accordingly arrested.Kayemba Ibra the chief architect of this crime was interrogated and revealed to police that he steals and sell both old and new motorcycles from almost every part of the country,” Onyango said.
“Police managed to arrest seven suspects and recovered seven other motorcycles (Bajaj boxers),” he added.
Police later established that Kayemba Ibra deals with a group of thugs, who call themselves using nicknames and code words like “Afande, Kabalazi and others”.
It was also established that Kayemba Ibra was dealing with some unscrupulous employees at URA Nakawa where he could forge log books for all the motorcycles he steals.
According to Onyango, one of suspects is allegedly a broker at URA Nakawa, who was at the fore front of forging log books for Kayemba.
“Upon interrogation, he too claims he could forward the number plates to an employee of URA Nakawa who prints those log books for Kayemba Ibra at a price ranging from thirty five thousand shillings to sixty thousand shillings per log book,” Onyango said.
“It was also established these logbooks could be packed in envelopes them and delivered to a mobile money attendant near URA where Kayemba could come and pick them from and he pays twenty thousand shillings for keeping those envelopes,” he added.
“The mobile money attendant was arrested, interrogated but she feigns ignorance at this crime but she claims she could only give Kayemba Ibra those envelopes without knowing the content therein,” he added.
“Police is in the process to recover all other motorcycles that could still be in the hands of this criminal racket,” he said.
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“This an organized criminal racket which is terrorizing the areas of Wakiso, Mityana, Mubende, Kayunga, Nakaseke, Luweero, and the surrounding areas. A concerted effort is to be made to arrest, prosecute, follow up and disband this criminal gang and their activities to make sure our Boda Boda riders are safe as they perform their daily duty,” he added.