Security in Mukono have arrested six people who were found with pangas, axes and spears travelling on a truck at night to a yet to be known destination.
According the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, the incident happened at around 2:30am on Wednesday morning when an unidentified number of people armed with pangas, axes and spears were seen travelling on a forward truck ,registration number UAX 664R and are suspected to have been targeting Namawojjolo East village, Namawojjolo parish, Nama sub-county in Mukono district.
“The community alerted police that arrested the six and are currently detained at Mukono Central Police Station. The suspects come from Kalagi in Nakifuma town council,”Owoyesigyire said.
He added that no community member was attacked or injured after police responded swiftly.
The development comes at a time of heightened operations by security targeting gangs behind the anonymous threatening leaflets in various parts of the country.
In Gomba district, two people were arrested on Monday for dropping leaflets threatening to harm locals.
According to Police Kosia Rwitare, 18 and Fred Mbaddina Mutabazi , both residents of Nakaseta LC1, Kyayi parish in Gomba district were arrested for allegedly sending threatening messages to residents and demanding shs100,000 from locals.
In the messages, they threatened to harm locals if each one of them didn’t send shs100,000 to a number provided.
They were also found with machetes as they allegedly planned to attack villages.
The suspects are currently detained at Gomba district Police Station as investigations continue.
Police last week warned that some people are using threatening leaflets as a way of advancing their grievances.
“Many of them are dropped by people who want to settle their scores over land wrangles, village misunderstandings and other personal grievances aimed at instilling fear and panic among the public,” Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said on Saturday.
The police spokesperson cited leaflets dropped in Masindi town, Seeta in Mukono, Mitooma, Kamuli and Bushenyi as some of those that threatened to have a number of people killed but they never came to pass.
According to Police, Ugandans should not lose sleep over some of the leaflets, which he said are fake.
“There is no information to show the validity of these letters and whether the threats are to happen. Our joint security investigations are trying to see if the leaflets are a closely coordinated campaign, political campaign or some people want to cause fear and panic over their own personal grudges. Ugandans should not stop going on with their business but be united and report to security in case the leaflets are dropped,” he said.