By Abraham Kizza
A total of 48 stolen guns were recovered countrywide in 2017 by Police, the Spokesperson Emilian Kayima has revealed.
While addressing the media at Central Police Station, Kampala on Monday, Kayima said that these were majorly Submachine gun (SMG) / AK 47 which were 30 in number, 6 SAR, 6 Pistols, 2 LMGs, 1 Pam puchison, 2 SKS and 1 Mass gun.
“According to our investigations, some of these guns are having Uganda Police and UPDF marks while others are unmarked which means that they were brought into the country illegally,” Mr. Kayima said.
He adds that the majority of these guns are unmarked and those with Police marks were acquired by criminals after fighting and overpowering police officers.
He said the guns were recovered across in the areas of Mutukula, Central Business District, Kiryandongo, Hoima, Lugazi, Jinja, Buduuda, Mbale, Njeru, Iganga, Kyotera, Amuria among others.
The Police Spokesperson says that the last case was recorded in late December 2017 at Bweyogerere when three criminals were shot dead by Police after their failed robbery attempt at two factories of Azam and Kingdom Rice.
He also revealed that among the 48 guns, a total of 524 bullets were recovered.
“We are commending the Flying Squad Unit for the great job it is doing in fighting armed violence in the country,” Kayima said.
He appeals to the public to always notify the Police upon suspecting of anyone having a gun illegally.
“When you suspect someone to be having a weapon, notify the Police and we shall identify whether these guns are legally owned by these people or not,” Kayima added.
Social Media Messages
Meanwhile Kayima has also warned on the messages that are being shared on different social media platforms which warn Ugandans to leave the city by 7:00pm to save their lives from being beaten up, tortured and robbed by a certain group of people.
He says that the people who wrote these messages are criminals with the aim of intimidating Ugandans and Police is working with Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to identify the source of these messages.
He also says that these messages are false and the public should ignore them and anyone who receives such messages should report to Police in order to identify their origin.