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NBS journalist assaulted as police arrest Kifeesi leader

Paddy Sserunjogi aka Ssobi has been arrested. Courtesy photo.

Police on Monday arrested Paddy Sserunjogi aka Ssobi, a self confessed Kifeesi leader, a  notorious gang known for terrorising the city.

Last year, Sobbi held a press conference in which he confessed to journalists of having been behind a number of attacks and murders in the city.

Sserunjogi was arrested in the middle of an interview with NBSTV at Rose gardens in Kyengera.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima confirmed the arrest and said other members of the infamous gang arrested along with Sobbi include Shafiq Kasozi and Twaha Tim.

“The daunting claims of killing innocent people cannot simply be swept under the carpet. We are investigating the allegations they openly made on television and made rounds on social media,” Kayima said.

In an interview with journalists around Christmas time, the group openly confessed to working with some police officers in terrorising the city and its residents. On these allegations, the police mouthpiece said they will need to establish who in the force work with the group.

Meanwhile, during the scuffle to arrest Ssobi and his group, police beat Twaha Mukiibi, an NBS journalist who was interviewing them.

When asked to comment on the matter,the police spokesperson said he had not been furnished with information in regards to the assault.

Mukiibi is currently admitted at Kampala International Hospital.This is not the first time allegations of police working with criminals has surfaced.

Speaking at the funeral of the slain police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, President Museveni said he had received a number of reports pointing to it.

He said on many occasions when members of the public report criminals to police, they (public) are betrayed by revealing their names to the criminals.

The furious Museveni asked the Inspector General of Police, Gen.Kale Kayihura to clean his house. Paddy Sserunjogi’s arrest comes at a time when the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) revealed they were working with him to help them break the criminal syndicate in the city and its surroundings.

“There are rampant carjacking and other crimes in Kampala.You arrest one person but they are connected to several other networks known to each other and are sophisticated,”Col.Kaka Bagyenda,” the ISO Director General said last year.

He said on many occasions, these thugs are connected to officers in security agencies who aid them in carrying out the criminality.

Col.Kaka said they would be working with reformed criminals including Sserunjogi to help them infiltrate the criminal gangs.

“That guy called Sobbi is a renowned criminal but has decided to join the civilised world.He can help us,”Col.Kaka said.

 

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