Two guards, including a UPDF sergeant and an Assistant Inspector of Police attached to General Elly Kayanja were on Tuesday arrested in a joint security operation against the current wave of City robberies.
However both police and the army say the officers were in the same area of the joint security operation (Kinonya, Masanafu Zone) but on a different operation.
On Tuesday, a joint security operation led by the Crime Intelligence, Flying Squad and 999 patrol system raided a rented apartment for one Stanley Mulunda, a resident of Kinonya, Masanafu zone, Lubaga division in Kampala.
The operation resulted into a shootout with the suspected criminals, leaving one police constable shot in the leg. The apartment owner, Mulunda was arrested and on searching the house, a number of items including; a number plate UAM046J, 32 live ammunitions, two empty magazines, two AK47 rifles, court documents and a hammer were recovered.
However, ever since the media reported that two guards attached to the General were arrested in an operation linking the army into the rampant City robberies. On Thursday however, the Police and Army came out to clarify on the matter, with spokespersons of the two security institutions saying that AIP Geoffrey Yiga and Sgt.Muhammad Kalule, all guards attached to Gen Elly Kayanja, were mistakenly arrested while on a different operation in the same area.
“The fact is that the two teams were on different missions in the same area. Our officers who were carrying out an operation at Stanley Mulunda’s rented apartment mistakenly arrested another team,” said Kampala Meteropolitan Police Spokesman, Patrick Onyango.
“The held security personnel were on another mission, following a suspect on offences of obtaining Sh52million by false pretense at Lubowa police station,” he added. Onyango explained that the two have since been “released unconditionally” after verification that they were innocent.
The army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire had earlier maintained the same, saying UPDF would not deny if their officer was arrested in a criminal act.
Of recent Kampala Metropolitan Area has been wrecked by armed robberies, in which a number of people have been killed and huge sums of money stolen. The security teams’ clash in the field comes at the time all is being done to arrest the security situation.Add your comments: Download Our News App Here