Eleven people suspected to have been behind the throwing of petrol bombs at motorists stuck in jam and government vehicles parked at public places have been arrested and now face terrorism charged.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said the suspects were arrested on May 11th, a day before President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s swearing in for his sixth elective term.
A number of petrol bomb incidents were allegedly registered in Kampala City, Wakiso and Jinja in the past few weeks. Enanga said these were acts intended to cause panic and fear among the public as the country prepared to swear in the president.
Last week Uganda Radio Network (URN) reported that Special Forces Command –SFC which protects the president and other key public figures including government installations had taken over the hunt for the petrol bomb culprits.
Enanga says the suspects will be charged with terrorism because their plan was to interfere with the swearing in ceremony of duly elected president but also to cause fear and panic among members of the bombs at Kireka near the railway crossing, petrol bombs were also thrown at drivers in Wakaliga Nateete in April by masked men on motorcycles where two cars were damaged.
Others petrol bombs were thrown at petrol stations in March this year. A fuel pump at Prime Petro Station at Gayaza township was burn at around 1am. The attackers threw a jerrycan of suspected petrol and the pump caught fire but it was later contained before reducing the entire premises to ashes.
The Lorris Petrol Station at Sekanyonyi was also attacked in March at around 1:30am when a group of three men approached the fuel pump with a 10 litre jerrycan, under the guise of fetching fuel. Security said the suspects hurriedly poured petrol near the fuel pump and lit the station but the fire was also contained by the guards and night attendants.
Police said the suspects’ names will not be revealed now because they want to first arrest their colleagues who on Saturday night attempted to burn Kasubi royal tombs.
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