A total of 3 suspects have been arrested by the joint security agencies in Entebbe, for dropping anonymous letters threatening the Mayor, Katabi Town Council, Kalema Ronald and several others, in Katabi.
Lubega William, a 27 year old mechanic, of Bunono village, Katabi Town Council, Kirigwajjo Hasadu, a former private bodyguard to the Mayor Kalema Ronald, were arrested for dropping anonymous letters to cause fear and anxiety among the residents.
According to a statement issued by Uganda Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, coordinated investigation with the SFC, CMI, CI Police and the community in Katabi led to the arrests.
Enanga says, the suspects have been using the anonymous letters as a cover-up to their criminal acts of stealing car number plates and house burglaries. The letters were also circulated on Whatsapp, as well as other social media platforms,
With the help of one Kingwajjo Hasadu -a former private bodyguard to the Mayor, Katabi Town Council, they dropped letters threatening his life and also demanded 2M shillings. Other persons threatened in the letters include; John Mary, Ssebowa and journalists from Entebbe.
Upon their arrest, a search was conducted at their known premises, and an assortment of house breaking implements were recovered and other threatening documents. They further led to the recovery of the stolen number plate UAM 285Z from a banana plantation at Nalugala village.
The gang leader who is on the run has been identified as “Taata Mzee”, while Lubega William, the mechanic was the major supplier of house breaking tools and implements.
On the August 28, 2021, at around 3am, police says the suspects broke into the home of Mulindwa Andrew, at Nalugala village and stole the number plates from a Mercedes Benz reg. No UAM 285Z. They further shattered the windscreen of another motor vehicle reg. No. UBB 850Y and vandalised it.
The team of investigators is recording as many statements from residents, who saw or learnt about the anonymous letters and the contents of panga attacks and killings.
Police says, no one has been harmed, but the suspects used the anonymous letters, authored by them to threaten and frighten people who did not share their views.