Five arrested over illegal possession of government stores including a gun

Man Jose Kayima

Five suspects, including a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier, have been arrested in Kisoro District over illegal possession of government stores, including a firearm, a number of ammunitions, military fatigue, a GPS machine, and a binocular.

Elly Maate, the Kigezi Regional Police spokesman, identified the suspects as RA 247119 Private Trovice Mbazira attached to the Joint Anti Terrosism Task Force police headquarters; Bosco Mugisha, 51, a resident of Ganda Vilage, Nabweru in Nansana, Wakiso District; John Ntaate, 25; Serirande, 32, a boda boda rider at Mini Price in Kampala; and Elias Muheki, 30, a resident of Rwebikona in Mbarara City and a businessman dealing in Irish potatoes.

It is alleged that at around 10.30 p.m. on June 13, 2023, police received information that a vehicle with suspicious people had been parked along Busamba Road in Kisoro municipality for many hours.

“Police patrol rushed to the scene, where they found a Noah brand vehicle registration number, UAQ 236M, parked along Busamba Road with about six occupants,” said Maate.

“Four of the six occupants, who are Bosco Mugisha, John Ntale, Stanley Sekiranda, and Elias Muheki, were arrested, while the rest took off,” he added.

“The suspects were transferred to Kisoro Central Police Station, and on being searched, they were found in possession of three magazines loaded with 90 rounds of ammunition, a pair of UPDF uniforms, a UPDF warm suit, a GPS machine, a binocular, and a screwdriver, among others.” Said as quoted by ChimpReports

Mbazira, a counter-terrorism officer, reported himself to Kisoro Central Police Station, claiming ownership of the motor vehicle, ammunition, and other items found inside the vehicle.

He said that he had given his car to his friend, who is a driver at Cyanika for a private errant.

Mbazira said he had booked a room at Home Lodging, Kivengere Road, Kisoro Municipality, while waiting for his friend to return the vehicle.

On checking the hotel room where Mbazira was staying, police found an SMG rifle no. UPDF XK 576754 loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.

The police are investigating the suspects’ plans, considering that some of their colleagues took off after seeing law enforcement officers approaching their vehicle.

“Why did their colleagues run away if they had nothing to hide?” wondered a detective, adding, “Why did the counter-terrorism officer give his vehicle full of military gear to civilians?”

The development comes against the backdrop of increased gun violence in Uganda.

Security services recently arrested a police officer and UPDF deserter for reportedly planning, facilitating, and executing the murder of city lawyer Ronnie Mukisa.

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