By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The police has obtained a photograph of a man believed to be the leader of a criminal gang threatening and extorting money from business people.
Deputy Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango says that the yet to be identified man was caught on camera by one of the businessmen in Kampala when the suspect went to follow up on the letter his gang had sent and find out why it had taken long for those concerned to respond to the demands in the letter.
Onyango reveals that the Force has put a reward of Shs20million for whoever helps in identifying the man who was photographed wearing a dark weather coat.
“This man is believed to be the leader of the criminal gang circulating threatening messages to the business community. There is a courageous businessman who took this photo and whoever knows him should share with the police,” Onyango said as he displayed the photo which appears to have been stealthily taken.
Early this month, the Police announced it had launched an investigation into a criminal gang calling itself “The People’s Agency” for threatening investors and other business people with the aim of extorting money. The gang reportedly drops threatening letters at the target business premises.
“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 told a press conference early this month.
Two other suspected members of the group were recently arrested although Onyango could not readily update this website on whether the duo was charged or not. He meanwhile reveals that operations are being scaled up to arrest these criminals.
“We are going to deploy counter terrorism officers in all the industrial areas like in Mbarara, Mukono, Namanve, Nakaseke, Bombo road and in individual factories,” Onyango said, adding, “We also want to urge the investors to boost their security; to seek services of private guards for their homes and while on transit.”