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Mukono gang leader arrested for staging illegal roadblocks

Aziz Ssempala (L) dressed in LDU uniform

Aziz Ssempala (L) dressed in LDU uniform

Police have arrested Aziz Ssempala, a suspected gang leader accused of staging illegal checkpoints in various villages of Mukono district with intention of robbing travelers and extorting money from boda boda riders.

At the time of the arrest, Ssempala was wearing a Local Defense Unit (LDU) uniform and had staged an illegal checkpoint near Kyawambogo trading center in Nakisunga sub-county - allegedly stopping and extorting money from motorcycle riders. 

A joint team of police and army led by Hawah Namukome, the officer in charge of Kyetume police post stormed the illegal checkpoint and arrested the suspect. Security proceeded to check the apartment Ssempala had hired at Namuyenje trading center and found military attires and several rounds of ammunition hidden in his room.

Ssempala had staged the checkpoint with two other unidentified men in plainclothes who managed to escape. However, according to security officers, it is believed he has a gang of over ten people that assist him to stage illegal checkpoints during day and night hours. He is currently detained at Mpoma barracks. 

Hakim Mulyowa, a resident at Kyetume trading center but with a garden at Namuyenje says he was surprised to see the suspects extorting money from people riding motorcycles carrying foodstuff, which prompted them to report to police.

When issuing out the latest coronavirus directives last week, President Yoweri Museveni authorized motorcycles carrying cargo to move before 5.00 pm. Also, motorcycles carrying patients were permitted to move. 

“One gangster has been putting on reserve force uniform and there were two others in plainclothes carrying sticks in the shape of police batons," Mulyowa says. "They have been stopping whichever motorcycle uses that route.”

The officer in charge of Mukono police division Ismael Kifudde notes that the operation is still on to apprehend Ssempala's other accomplices and a detailed report will be issued later.

Kifudde also warns people who are still insisting on traveling to various places that they are risking their lives to the coronavirus disease and to such criminals. He also warns that police will not hesitate to arrest people flouting the 42-day travel restrictions. Meanwhile, police are still struggling to stop private vehicles plying the route of Kampala-Jinja highway. 

According to police, motorists have started paying off pregnant women to tag along so as to flout the travel restrictions while others move with forged documents issued by private health facilities recommending them for further assessment and treatment at bigger facilities in Kampala and Wakiso districts. 

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+1 #1 Wainanchi 2021-06-21 15:13
Nothing unusual.This is our people today, have a good day.hahahahshagsgshsd
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0 #2 kabayekka 2021-06-21 15:55
What would one expect of these well trained military officers or accessory junior officers when they have not been paid wages for ages?

And yet they look around in this miserable lockdown that the rich are doing well and for them the poor and their families have not got a single shilling to go to the local markets and buy themselves some food to eat.

They are feeling the starvation like many more people who do not have any military training. In the military you are trained to kweyiya even when circumstances are seriously very dangerous against your life.
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0 #3 kabayekka 2021-06-21 16:07
Who of the old citizens of this country do not remember the normal road blocks 1966/80 that were a constant worry to all the innocent communities, during the civil upheavals especially of 1980/86 when banditry was the order of the day in this African country.

One wants to think that roadblocks in this African country are not at all illegal! Most citizens are used to living with them any other time.

It is normal for the authority to come over anywhere any place and put up a roadblock and to remove it in a week's time. And there are no questions asked whatsoever!
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0 #4 Akot 2021-06-21 18:08
kabayekka, thanks.

Museveni robbed banks while in the bush & when in power, his war dogs set up roadblocks all over & asked Ugandans politely to give them money!

I refused to give them money saying I didn't have & each time, they told me; "how can some one so well dressed, not have money"?

Did Museveni pay back money he robbed while in the bush?

How much has Museveni robbed legally since?

How do Ugandans see themselves in 2026?

Why don't Ugandans love themselves, their children, their rich land & just bring down the tribalistic system & UNITE, even if it's just to end Museveni's rule, then form Independent Tribal States?

Why are Ugandans ensuring Museveni's family own the country formed by their tribal lands, for good?
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0 #5 rubangakene 2021-06-21 18:49
Uganda, oh Uganda; whoever taught all these guys about manoeuvres and counter-manoeuvres, opportunity-grabbing, loop-hole bursting techniques, etc., must now be scratching their heads!
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0 #6 Jerome 2021-06-21 20:20
Quoting Akot:
kabayekka, thanks.

Museveni robbed banks while in the bush & when in power, his war dogs set up roadblocks all over & asked Ugandans politely to give them money!

I refused to give them money saying I didn't have & each time, they told me; "how can some one so well dressed, not have money"?

Did Museveni pay back money he robbed while in the bush?

How much has Museveni robbed legally since?

How do Ugandans see themselves in 2026?

Why don't Ugandans love themselves, their children, their rich land & just bring down the tribalistic system & UNITE, even if it's just to end Museveni's rule, then form Independent Tribal States?

Why are Ugandans ensuring Museveni's family own the country formed by their tribal lands, for good?



Yes.better to end his rule and we create independent federate states operating on tribal /cultural settings.
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0 #7 Wainanchi 2021-06-22 11:06
Ohhooo thugs are.alive and kicking.
We love to read your disgusting comments and laugh You make us laugh and giggle.hahahahahahihihihij
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