By Peter Ssebulime
The Police Flying Squad Unit in collaboration with the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) have arrested nine suspected armed robbers from different parts of the country.
Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said Monday in a press conference that the nine suspects include a Rwandan national, Sam Nkrunziza and three security guards identified as David Mawanda aka Seka, Gerald Nsubuga and Ronald Pulusiya.
Enanga said “A joint security team had been hunting for the group that conducted robberies in different parts of the country on September 10 and 26 respectively. The robberies were recorded in Ntungamo, Mbarara and Bwebajja in Kampala before the group was hunted down.”
Enanga revealed that police and CMI first arrested six suspects who were found in possession of guns registered in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC. These include; Nkrunziza, Rodgers Karenzi, Fred Bahati, Brian Mbogo, Nuwagaba Obadia and August Tumwine.
The Rwandan national, according to Enanga, owns a home in Kawempe Division, in Kampala but also allegedly has another home in South Africa. Six out of the nine robbers were using three motorcycles for their missions particularly in areas of Ntungamo and Mbarara.
Three others only identified as Mawanda, Nsubuga and Pulusiya were disguising as security guards at a fuel station in Bwebajja along Entebbe Road in Wakiso District but would later engage in robberies at night.
Security forces suspect the fuel station owners and managers could have hired Nsubuga, Pulusiya and Mawanda not knowing their bad side.
Nsubuga, Pulusiya and Mawanda are currently detained at Katwe police station, while their counterparts arrested in Ankole regional are detained at Mbarara Central Police Station. Enanga said plans were underway to transfer Nsubuga, Pulusiya and Mawanda to Special Investigations Division -SID in Kireka.