KAMPALA – Police have expressed concern over rising cases of criminals using motorcycles to attack and damage government owned vehicles while on the road.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Anyango, criminals are using improvised petrol bombs they hurl in the vehicles and metallic objects to hit on the windscreens.
He said three incidents have been reported in different parts of the city including Katwe, Nateete and Busega.
“We suspect that the criminals’ intention is to force government to stop health guidelines against carrying of passengers by boda boda motorcyclists that government put in place to contain the spread of Coronavirus,” Mr Onyango said.
He added that joint security teams have identified five suspected criminals, who have been using these motorcycles and are pursuing them.
One of the motorcycles is registration number UEU 391F.
The suspects attacked a government vehicle registration number UG 0450T on June 23, 2020. However, the occupants survived unhurt.
In the second incident, the suspects politely asked the driver of motor vehicle registration number UG 0182H to stop for them to cross. When the driver stopped, they pulled out a hammer and hit the windscreen. The criminals were unable to execute their crime and fled after their hammer fell in the car.
The third was conducted at Busega-Mityana Roundabout when criminals hurled a flammable liquid in the bottle in a government vehicle registration number UG 0199K, a Toyota Fortune on June 26, 2020.
This explosive busted into flames on the co-driver’s side, but the public nearby extinguish the fire.
“These actions are unacceptable.
We are using all the available technology at our disposal to have them arrested and charged with malicious damage to government property and other offences.
We appeal to anybody with any information that can led us to the arrest of these criminals to pass it in confidence to the nearest police station or ring the following numbers
0714668079, 0714667793, 0718452616, 0715986952, 0715989979, 0772858872
Below are the photographs of the criminals that we retrieved from our CCTV cameras.”