By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Police have arrested two suspects believed to be members of a criminal gang circulating threatening letters to the business community, with the intention of extorting money.
Deputy Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango declined to reveal identities of the suspects saying it would jeopardize investigations. He said however, the two could be part of a larger gang sending threatening letters to business operators around Kampala City and demanding money.
He revealed that so far five companies have received the threatening letters.
“The letters are allegedly written and circulated by a group calling themselves 'People Agency',” Onyango said, adding, “The letters in addition to carrying intimidating messages, are demanding for payment of money in foreign currencies ranging from USDollars30, 000 to USDollars45, 000 which is supposed to be paid within three months as contribution towards the activities of the criminal gang.”
Onyango said the gang that demands that the money should be paid by bitcoin mode, is being investigated.
“Some of the members of this criminal group are on the watch list of police and are being followed. The CID is compiling and analyzing the evidence so far collected in order to expedite a decisive legal action which shall be taken against all those involved,” he said, advising members of the business community around Kampala to beef up their security.