Kampala street thugs back after securing court bails - police

Kampala street thugs back after securing court bails - police
Luke Owoyesigyire is the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson.

Police in Kampala have announced that they have launched new operations against the notorious criminals known as "bigaali" who have been on the rampage in recent days.

These "bigaali" criminals operate out of city slums such as Kisenyi, Mengo Street, Balikudembe Market, and Katwe in Makindye Division. They move in large groups carrying sharp objects that they use to terrorise and rob people.

Although they used to operate at night, they have since expanded their tactics to include robbery in broad daylight.

For instance on January 31, police of Owino market responded to a distress call from Kisenyi 2 parish where thugs armed with sharp knives invaded School view zone and started street robbing from whoever they came across as early as 9am.

The officer in charge of Owino market responded by sending police officers to the scene who faced resistance from the thugs despite firing warning shots.

In a statement, KMP deputy police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said that confirmed that the police shot at their ring leader only identified by street name as “Dog Kanyanya” and succumbed to injuries before reaching hospital.

Owoyesigyire pointed out that Kampala's street thugs had been apprehended in sting operations during the Christmas and NAM summits. However, they were released on court bail and have begun terrorising the public.

“According to the research we have made related to operations that we carried out in the previous months is that the suspects were arraigned in courts of law but what we have got is that they have been released on court bail and they are back in the community,” he said

He further assured the public that police is set to roll out more operations against such notorious criminals but warned the public to be cautious and report to police any incidents of street robbing.

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