By Fred Kiva
The Police and sister security agencies say they have dismantled a self-styled criminal gang that killed a police officer following a raid on Kyabisagazi II village in Kigorobya Sub County, Hoima district on February 13.
The criminals disarmed and killed one Police Constable Vincent Rutaremwa and injured the other, ASP George Emoti the Hoima District Field Force Unit Commander. Addressing journalists on Monday, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said they have arrested 78 suspects; “who were recklessly using their weapons of bows and arrows to promote acts of lawlessness in the area.”
“The criminal gang which comprises of youth and illegal migrants of Congolese origin (Alur, Kebu and Lendu), consolidated false control over the entire neighborhood grabbing land, robbing road users, intimidating residents with arbitrary arrests and threats to kill,” Enanga said.
He explained that out of those arrested; 11 suspects will be charged with the murder of No. 64005 PC Vincent Rutaremwa under Kigorobya case file no. CRB 031/2019; an additional 27 will be charged for illegal entry and stay, under Hoima case file number, CRB 157/2019, while 40 suspects will be charged for going armed in public under case reference number Hoima CRB 158/2019.
Several exhibits of bows and arrows, pangas including two shoes which led to the arrest of the murder suspects were recovered.
“As we pursue other members of this criminal gang, including the ring leader Simon Achille who is on the run, we would like to use this opportunity to invite all members of the public who could have been victimized to come forward and register their complaints,” Enanga said.
“We continue to actively monitor the area, and the country at large to help prevent the re-emergence of such criminal acts and ensure no criminality continues to operate outside the framework of the law,” he added.
According to security in Hoima, police swung into action following reports of subversive activities by a group of people in the area, that had reportedly declared an independent state- “Pele Republic” Although some local leaders have branded “Pele Republic” claims a move by land grabbers to tarnish residents and take away their land, the police say investigations are still underway.