Crime

22 guns and 105 ammunitions recovered from civilians in Kasese

By Rwenzori Daily

The Police in Rwenzori East Region have been able to recover 22 guns and 105 ammunitions from civilians since 2019 to date.

Detective Assistant Superintendent of Police, Bonny Oyesgye, the Regional Crime Intelligence Officer made the revelation on Tuesday while addressing a stakeholders meeting at Uhuru 50 Gardens Hotel.

D/ASP Oyesigye, explained that the guns were recovered out of an intelligence -led operation where they also managed to arrest 17 people in connection to the illegal possession firearms that are a monopoly of the security personnel.

According to him, the suspects could have attained the said weapons during the period of the ADF war when some of the community members were recruited as LDUs.

Senior Superintendent of Police Florence Kirabira, the Coordinator for the National Focal Point on Small Arms an Light Weapons based at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said they are currently mobilizing the community that could be having weapons to hand over them to their leaders in order to reduce crime from the society.

Lt. Joe Walusimbi, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner encouraged the leadership of the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu and some religious leaders to be the key participants in sensitizing the people against the illegal possession of fire arms.

Col. Christopher Columbus Tumwine, the Brigade Commander for the 222 Brigade observed need for the government to establish projects that would employ people so that they do not prefer using weapons to get money for their survival.

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