Police arrest 160 members of Kifesi

Kampala Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango
Police has arrested more than 160 members of the notorious Kifesi, a notorious Kampala city based criminal gang.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, the suspects were arrested yesterday from areas of Kisenyi , a Kampala suburb, Kololo Ceremonial Grounds where president Museveni swearing ceremony took place and Jinja road among others.

Their arrest followed increasing reports of theft and pick pocketing, according to Onyango.

Police investigations show that Kifesi, like other groups, are divided into sub-groups operating at different times in diverse locations.

They start at 12pm, change location at 3pm and 6pm and close operation at midnight.

Major victims of these gangs are pedestrians from whom they grab phones, bags, laptops and money. The gangs have sections that specialise in stealing from cars.

Even this group is divided into two units; one specialising in stealing from moving vehicles, especially at the traffic lights and the other from parked cars.

The criminal gang at Clock Tower operates at peak or rush hours— morning, midday and evening, usually after 5pm.

From their base in Katwe-Kinyoro, the Kifesi group uses Nakivubo Channel and Railways Yard behind Nasser Road as their major escape routes.

Other groups use part of the Nakivubo Channel behind Kiseka Market.

Police say the gangsters master their skills and tricks by watching movies in film halls (bibanda).

“After watching different movies, they go to improvised gyms and rehearse the movies. They also train in martial arts, boxing and body building,” said Kampala Division Police Commander Dennis Namuwoza recently.

The gangsters even attack police. “One time, they surrounded the OC Central Police Station at Sheraton Hotel to kill him, but they fled when he fired in the air,” the police officer said.

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