The police in Busoga recently conducted operations in Buyende district to target criminal groups involved in motorcycle thefts. During these operations, seven suspected stolen motorcycles were recovered, along with various dismantled spare parts.
On September 26, 2023, around noon, a search took place at Irundu Trading Centre, specifically at Nfaki David’s residence, resulting in the recovery of five motorcycles. Among them were a Mate with registration number UDD 154C, a TVS Star with registration number UDG 819W, and three motorcycles without registration numbers (TVS, Tembo, and Bajaj Boxer). In addition to the motorcycles, four frames and two motorcycle registration plates with numbers UDJ 003D and UDF 788N were also found. Furthermore, two motorcycle registration numbers, UAR 606C and UAR 897C, were recovered. The five suspects taken into custody during this operation are Lubega Kenneth, Kitimbo Yusuf, Isma Dolio, Nfaki Solomon, and Nfaki David.
Later that day, at around 6 pm, the operation extended to Kitimbo’s garage in Buyende town council. Three suspects were apprehended: Kitimbo James, the garage owner, Kireri Fred, a boda boda rider at Nakabira stage, and Bulolo Alex. During this operation, two suspected stolen motorcycles with registration numbers UDT 387T and UET 381X were recovered.
The arrests highlight the police’s commitment to combat criminal activities related to boda boda robberies and attacks.
As the eight suspects face charges in court, a reminder is issued to boda boda operators to remain cautious, particularly during late-night hours, as criminal groups are known to target them. On September 24, 2023, at approximately 10 pm, a gang of three robbers ambushed motorcycle riders at Nakitokolo village along Bbaa80le – Galilaya highway. Tragically, they killed Wavamuno Ben, who was transporting his brother, Mumpya Mesach, on motorcycle registration number UFR 907Y. His brother managed to escape to a nearby farm and was later taken to Kasokwe police post. The victim’s body was discovered with a severe wound on the forehead. Another rider, identified as Musinguzi John, was found unconscious, and his motorcycle had been stolen. He was promptly taken to Bbaale HC IV for medical attention.
In another incident, at Aswa West, Nwoya police station, Okello Dickens was followed to his home in Adogachwa village, Lungulu sub-county, Nwoya district, where his red Bajaj Boxer motorcycle was stolen. The victim sustained a head injury and was promptly transported to the hospital.
Additionally, on September 29, 2023, around 11:20 pm, Kiranga Moses (28 years old) and Isabirye Samuel were traveling on motorcycle registration number UFX 475G, a red Bajaj Boxer, from Nawaikoke village to Kasuleta village in Kaliro district. They fell into an ambush at Kafundikara village, during which Kiranga Moses was fatally struck with a rod, and their motorcycle was stolen. Isabirye Samuel sustained severe injuries and was rushed to Bumanya HC IV for treatment.
To assist in identifying suspects and recovering stolen motorcycles, Flying Squad teams have been dispatched to the respective districts. Further updates will be provided.
Fred Enanga, Police Spokesperson
October 3, 2023