Police Arrests 85 B13 Criminal Gang Members

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In short
They were arrested during an operation code named fagiya uchafu translated as getting rid of dust. The operation is led Muhammad Kirumira, the newly deployed District Police Commander- DPC of Old Kampala.

Police is holding 85 suspected members of B13, one of the biggest criminal gangs operating in Kampala.

The group operates from the areas of Kasubi, Munaku, Nakulabye, Nabulagala, Kawaala, Kikoni Northern Bypass, Masanafu and Lugala among others. The group is comprised of more than 200 members with covert coordination offices in Kawaala, a Kampala suburb.

B13 members are known for breaking into houses and robbing pedestrians.

They were arrested during an operation code named "fagiya uchafu" translated as getting rid of rubbish.  The operation is led Muhammad Kirumira, the newly deployed District Police Commander- DPC of Old Kampala.

Kirumira says the operation is targeting over 500 criminals in different gangs. Police records indicate that Kampala has up to 10 known criminal gangs operating in the various divisions.  They include Kifeesi, Naguru Arrow Boys, Bijambiya,  Bukolwa Crew, Cheap Stores Smart Boys, Kasolo Boys and Banzike Crew among others.
 
 
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Kirumira also advised health club operators to register all their members. He says intelligence information indicates that many criminals spend time in the gym and body building centres.

He added that an operation will also be mounted against prostitutes who have been found to shield criminals.
 
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Meanwhile members of the public have started to pick their phones from Old Kampala Police following an operation last week where more than 2000 phones were recovered.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).