Singer Chris Evans beaten to near death

Unidentified thugs have attacked local music artist, Chris Evans Kaweesi and made off with his vehicle registration number UAZ 399J. The thugs attacked Chris Evans at Lungujja in Lubaga Division in Kampala in the wee hours of this morning.

Chris Evans, known for songs such as Ndikusasulaki, Bwolonda, Mulungi, Rihanna, Nantale, Linda, Nsimye and Omuzadde Owekisa, is now admitted at Mengo hospital and has also filed a case of assault and vehicle theft at Old Kampala Police Station.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, quotes Evans saying in his statement that he noticed two people trailing him on a bodaboda at around midnight as he was driving home.
According to Owoyesigyire, Evans decided to branch off to a nearby gate next to the road while hooting for help. “Even though he was hooting, the two thugs came towards his car window, crashed it, hit him on the head and forced him out of the car.

“He says one of them entered the car, the other got on the motorcycle and their drove away,” said Owoyesigyire.
However, the car has been recovered in Mutundwe, a suburb of Kampala according to a tweet posted on the official police handle  @PoliceUg.

On average three vehicles are stolen in Kampala and its surrounding districts each day.




Eight behind bars for terrorising Mbale residents

Police are holding eight suspects accused of terrorising the community in Doko trading centre in Mbale district with toy guns and other weapons.

The suspects were picked from their base in Doko village on Saturday. They were found preparing food. Police recovered toy guns, hammers, bow, arrows, machetes, spears and a cricket bat fitted with nails.

A woman who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity for fear of being victimized says the suspects were deployed in the area to guard a disputed piece of land adjacent to local church but they started terrorising residents.

Suwed Manshur, the Elgon Region Police Spokesman, declined to comment saying he was on leave and referred us to the District police Commander, Stephen Ahweera, promised to give details later.

The Elgon Region Police Commander, Francis Chemusto declined to comment saying he was yet to get a briefing from his juniors. The information we obtained shows that police intends to parade the suspects before the media on Tuesday.



Police nabs gang tormenting trailer drivers

Police has burst a gang of six people accused of waylaying trailers and robbing them of goods in transit along the Eastern Uganda border route. The suspects include four Kenyans and two Ugandans.

Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police, says the gang members were picked up between 6th March 2016 and 14th March 2016 following a deal gone bad. Onyango declined to reveal the identities of the suspects, saying it could jeopardise their investigations.

“We have arrested the suspects but we cannot reveal any more details since investigations are still ongoing,” Onyango told URN. According to information obtained, the suspects were netted after Bashir Ismail, the owner of trailer registration number UAT 548U and UAJ 459M filed a complaint at Kafumbe Mukasa police post under SD16/07/16 following the disappearance of his driver, Peter Rukundo.

It is alleged that on March 4, 2016, Rukundo informed Ismail he had a customer who needed to deliver his goods to Mukono. Rukundo went to execute the job but was unreachable by his boss for three days prompting him to file a police case.

However, it later emerged that Rukundo and the other 5 suspects had stolen coal tar from a hardware shop in Kampala sold it in Jinja and made another trip to collect more. Patrick Musa, a Kenyan national says after getting more coal they failed to sell it and decided to park in Kalerwe and find a buyer, where they were picked up from.

According to Musa, he was supposed to receive Shillings 10 million once the deal is done but this didn’t happen as they were picked up before selling off their loot. Some of the suspects have also confessed to having been involved in hijacking a Kenyan trailer that was recovered by the Flying squad in January.

The Kenyan trailer was hijacked in Jinja on 31st December 2015. According to Musa, they hijacked the trailer with the help of some police officers he didn’t name.

How police captured some of the gang members
An operative in Flying Squad, who was part of the operation told URN on condition of anonymity as he is not allowed to speak for the Unit, said they tracked the gangsters using the print out of Rukundo’s call log.

He says that after failing to track Rukundo because he had turned off his known phone number, they decided to pick up one of his friends in Mengo. After thorough interrogation, he agreed to cooperate and led the operatives to Rukundo who also helped them to arrest all those who were in the deal with him.

He however, says they have still to arrest the gang leaders and other members. According to Musa, the members are not known to each other as they only use their first names.

He says the hijack of the Kenyan trailer was led by Medi, adding that apart from a phone contact he was using at that time, which has been switched off; Musa and the other suspects know nothing about him.

The print outs of the phone numbers of the other suspects still at large have been useless as the lines are only used in one deal and thrown away. Some of the numbers used are stolen, which gives false lead.