DPC SP James Ruhweza confirmed the arrest, saying the suspects were picked in an operation codenamed “Lightening Thunder” in several Muslim communities.
“We have on several instances received reports that our people are being robbed in the nights and others are being killed, the recent being noted in the Islam community where over three prominent Muslim business men have lost their lives. We had secretly planted some persons in the mentioned areas and yesterday stormed them and came up with 17 suspected robbers,” Ruhweza told Chimpreports.com.
He further said the persons arrested will assist police in the investigations that will make the rampant cases of murder in Kampala history.
He said the operation started on Monday night and is still going on to bring the culprits to book.
Ruhweza revealed he got information that these thugs are hired by the business competitors to squeeze the little lives out of the prominent businessmen.
“These thugs target passengers who use long distance buses entering the city. They either grab their bags, necklaces among other items and enter in the water channels where they believe cannot be traced,” said Ruhweza.
He said the most affected areas include Mini price, Bus Park, Luwum Street and the old park section they thugs codenamed “Beirut.”
Ruhweza said “Beirut” had been considered a black spot and no go zone to unsuspecting persons in the town and confessed having several cases in his office complaining about the nature of thuggery going on not before they swung into action and arrested the notorious criminals.
Ruhweza named the suspects as Francis Mirambi, Ramathan Wanjai, Joseph Mukasa, David Kasajja, Kazi Bwambale, Medie Katongole, Jimmy Kisuule, Faisal Mukwaya, Abasi Boniface Mikyenda and Eric Mawanda.
Others are Ramathan Wasajja, Barnet Arinaitwe, Robert Ssenfuka, John Akugizibwe and Musa Kudra Waswa.
The DPC said during their operation, one Kudra who was found hiding in the trench near the bus park, decided to smear himself with human waste to scare away police officers.
They did not get scared thus proceeding with the arrest before he started throwing human waste at them.
The suspects are currently detained at CPS from where they will be produced to court pending advice from the DPP on what cases they should be charged with.
In a related development, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi announced today that the force has recovered a number of guns and weapons from 115 criminals arrested in the city centre over the weekend.