Ugandan Cops Foil Ksh150M Robbery Targeting Kenyan Businessman

  • Uganda's police officers during a past security crackdown
    Uganda's police officers during a past security crackdown
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  • Ugandan law enforcement officers shot down two gang leaders and arrested 24 others linked to a foiled robbery incident targeting a Kenyan businessman.

    The group had tracked the businessman in an attempt to rob him of Ksh150 million and two phones along Apollo Kaggwa Road, Old Kampala.

    The Kenyan businessman survived the robbery attack following a quick reaction from the cops. They, however, did not reveal whether he was carrying the money in cash. 

    Police spokesperson Fred Enanga addressing the press on Friday June 24, 2022
    Police spokesperson Fred Enanga addressing the press on Friday, June 24, 2022
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    Fred Enanga, Uganda's police spokesperson, noted that the gang has always targeted residents and high-profile foreigners.

    Prior to the attempted robbery, the gang had stolen Ksh3 million from a Somali national at Equatorial Mall in Kampala. 

    According to the police, the same group was also behind the attack and robbery of a magistrate and Chinese national who lost Ksh400 million.

    "The criminal gang network conducts effective surveillance against foreign businessmen transporting cash, before attacking them at suitable get-away points," Uganda's police spokesperson explained. 

    "They further use various methods of secret communication to conceal their criminal activities. Several exhibits of motorcycles, mobile phones, and documents were recovered," he added.

    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni ordered different police units to act urgently and address issues of security incidents on the Kenya- Uganda border. 

    "The issue of guns in Kenya and South Sudan should not concern us. If you try to tie our internal security problem with what happens in the neighbouring countries, we shall never get peace," Museveni told the security officials.

    While issuing the command, Museveni drew a comparison to an operation in Kenya that he described as being effective in handling the issue of cattle rustling.

    "And as you say, within Kenya, they don't raid one another because of the effectiveness of the police. We need the same seriousness on this side," Museveni explained. 

    File photo of Uganda's President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during the past address to the nation
    File photo of Uganda's President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during the past address to the nation
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