By Watera Atai,
Police in Entebbe on Wednesday arrested three suspectts for allegedly dropping threatening letters in the area.
According to police, the dropped letters that later found their way on social media were threatening the life of; Mayor, Katabi Town Council, Kalema Ronald and several others, in Katabi.
Three suspects have so far been arrested. These are; Lubega William, a 27 year old mechanic, of Bunono village, Katabi Town Council, Kirigwajjo Hasadu, a former private bodyguard to the Mayor Kalema Ronald, during the recent elections; and Baluku Ronald who was re-arrested on the 7.09.2021.
They were arrested as a result of a coordinated investigation with the SFC, CMI, CI Police and the community in Katabi.
The police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga has said the suspects have been using the anonymous letters as a cover-up to their criminal acts of stealing car number plates and house burglaries.
“The gang leader who is on the run has been identified as “Taata Mzee”, while Lubega William, the mechanic was the major supplier of house breaking tools and implements. It is on the 28.08.2021, at around 3am, that the suspects broke into the home of Mulindwa Andrew, at Nalugala village and stole the number plates from a Mercedes Benz reg. No UAM 285Z. They further shattered the windscreen of another motor vehicle reg. No. UBB 850Y and vandalised it,” Enanga said in a press statement.
He further explained that with the help of Kingwajjo Hasadu, a former private bodyguard to the Mayor, Katabi Town Council, the trio dropped letters threatening the mayor’s life and also demanded 2M shillings.
Other persons threatened in the letters include; John Mary, Ssebowa and journalists from Entebbe.
Police conducted a search at the premises of the suspects and recovered an assortment of house breaking implements and other threatening documents.
They further led to the recovery of the stolen number plate UAM 285Z from a banana plantation at Nalugala village.
Police is recording statements from residents, who saw or learnt about the anonymous letters and the contents of panga attacks and killings.
No one has been harmed in the process of dropping the letter, but police has vowed to arrest anyone involved in terrorizing lives of citizens.
“Whether real or a hoax, we wish to warn other intending perpetrators, that there are plenty of appropriate lawful ways to express their opinion or displeasure, but inducing panic and sending threats to kill, is unacceptable.”
“The joint security agencies are committed to keeping Ugandans safe and will continue pursuing more suspects still out there,” Police cautioned.