Crime & Investigation

Six Oil Thieves Netted In Nateete

KMP spokesperson Patrick Onyango

Hours to this year’s Martyrs day celebrations and Namugongo is already filled up with tens of thousands of people to celebrate the annual event. Much as Martyrs’ Day is a typical religious commemoration, patient there has been a persistent debate on how the day that gathers the biggest number of people in Uganda can be fully exploited to boost tourism.

In August 2014, President Museveni launched a drive to construct the Namugongo Shrine Tourism Center and contributed Shs400m to the initiative.

At this year’s celebrations, a Pilgrims’ Desk has been set up with a purpose of registering all pilgrims from outside Uganda.

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The desk is also meant to register and guide pilgrims with interest in visiting the various holy sites around Kampala. Henry Sensonga who is in charge of this task told Chimpreports that these holy sites are situated in places where different martyrs were killed.

Eric Ntalo from the Association of Uganda Tour Operators said that Uganda Tourism Board has partnered with other tour agents and are exhibiting at this year’s Martyrs day.

This is aimed at promoting Uganda as a tourism destination and advising visitors to stop over at other interesting destinations in Uganda. Ntalo added that in addition to wildlife and cultural diversity, Uganda needs to also tap into faith based tourism.

The ‘martyrs’ trail’ is an initiative aimed at attracting foreign and domestic tourists to walk the same journey that the martyrs took right from their capture to their deaths. “I encourage Ugandans to take this journey because it is an enriching experience” Ntalo said.

The trail starts from Kigungu landing site where the first missionaries introduced Christianity in 1887. It proceeds to Kisubi Mapeera where Fr. Loudel Mapeera’s team made their first camp. It’s believed that at this site, they forgot a tree seed that sprouted into a big tree that still stands today.

It continues to Munyonyo where martyrs Denis Sebugwawo, Andrew Kaggwa and Pontian Ngondwe were killed. It then heads to Kampala in St. Balikudembe market, Kisenyi, Old Kampala, Rubaga, Busega, Naalya and then Namugongo.

With all these initiatives, it’s no doubt Uganda is making steady progress in exploiting Martyrs’ Day to boost tourism which still remains Uganda’s biggest foreign exchange earner.
Police in Nateete are detaining six suspected criminals in connection with attempted robbery at a heavy duty engine oil store in the area at around mid-night on Monday.

“Police swag into action after being alerted by a one Amina Tumuzadde the owner of the store after being informed by her security guard that thieves had launched their operation, more about ” Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, here Patrick Onyango told journalists at CPS in Kampala.

Onyango narrated that the thieves had earlier on approached the same security guard attached to KK Security Company, patient who sought for his help to rob the store.

“The security guard accepted the offer but he instead informed Amina about the planned robbery who in turn informed us and we set an ambush,” Onyango explained.

Onyango added that police waited until the group of six packed drums of engine oil on their Lorry, Canter registration number UAL 008R and thereafter intercepted them.

Six were arrested while two managed to escape. Those arrested include; Ibrahim Tumwesigye, Michael Zziwa, Samson Kiseka, Julius Lubega, Abdu Kajimu and Hamid Ssekanyo.

Police recovered exhibits which include; Shs400, 000, breaking equipment, motorcycle number UDR 982E, and drums of Max- Rubia heavy duty engine oil.

Onyango revealed that this wasn’t the first the store was broken into noting that police arrested three thieves last month and they are currently in custody in Luzira Prison.



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