Kifeesi Crackdown: 50 Members Arrested

Rukungiri Grade One magistrate’s court on Monday remanded a police officer attached to Rukungiri police station and other two men over robbery.

Court presided over by Josephine Nakato heard from the prosecution led by Rukungiri resident state attorney Peter Kyomuhendo that  Police officer Rashid Nshaija, buy SPC No 11075 together with Alex Mwesigwa 24, what is ed Tumwebaze Kenneth 30  broke into a shop belonging  to  Denis Nabimanya at Butimba, in Kinyasano Ward Rukungiri Municipality  and stole property  and money totaling to Shs. 35Million.

The trio prosecution says, committed the crime on January 15th . The accused after the charges were read out to them, all pleaded not guilty and were thus remanded to Rukungiri prison till 26th February 2016 when they are to appear again.

Police have today aligned over 50 members of the infamous ‘Kifeesi’ criminal gang who are now on rampage terrorizing various parts of the city and its suburbs.

Addressing journalists at CPS , drug police spokesperson Fred Enanga said following intelligence information, information pills they carried out operations on Tuesday in which the members of the gang, online most of them between 14 and 17 years were apprehended trying to rob and vandalize people’s property.

“We had information they had been hired by some people to carry out attacks on the public and we combed areas of Luzira, Nakawa, Jinja road, Kiwatule, Ntinda and Banda leading to arrest of 54 members,” Enanga said.

According to the police mouthpiece, some of these targeted supporters of NRM and FDC who were attending their respective Presidential candidates’ rallies in Kololo and Nakawa respectively.

“We noticed that most of these were juveniles between 14 and 17 years who engaged in these acts of terrorizing the public but we have been able to find out their funders and some of them have been apprehended.”

Most of the gang members are teenagers

Most of the gang members are teenagers

Enanga told journalists that investigations had led them to a number of Kampala businessmen supporting the acts of the group, who benefit by buying its loot.

“They fund, organize and later buy what has been stolen from the public and sell in their various shops around the city centre,” Enanga revealed.

He however attributed the problem of juveniles being involved in these acts to weak laws especially at Kampiringisa remand centre where after arrest; these minors are in most cases released immediately.

“They are released in a short time after arrest and they return to the streets, which have encouraged many repeat offenders,”Enanga said.


Enanga traced the origin of the Kifeesi crew back in the early 2000s in Kisenyi a Kampala suburb, revealing that with time the gang had become bigger and more ferocious.

“They were being used during wrangles between bodabodas and taxi owners in the city and from there they started spreading to different parts of the city.”

Enanga however, reassured that Police is in control of the situation adding that in a short time these gangs will be no more.



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