Retired Lt Colonel Mawa Muhindo, the LC V chairperson of Kasese district has announced a reward of 200,000 shillings for any resident who will provide information leading to the recovery an illegal fire arm. The cash reward comes a few days after Muhindo took a break from his office to lead an operation against armed thugs accused of shooting residents, wild animals and stealing livestock in Kasese.
The operation that involves UPDF soldiers and detectives from the Police Crime Intelligence, has been intensive in the sub county near the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to Mawa, they have recovered several firearms since the operation was launched. Mawa says that some of the suspects found in possession of the illegal fire arms have been cooperative and led them to their accomplices. He however, declined to reveal how many guns have been recovered, adding that he has also handed over 20 suspects found in possession of illegal firearms.
Some of the suspects were picked up from Karambi and Nyakiyumbu sub-counties. Mawa fears that many more illegal guns could be hidden in various places in the district. He says that he decided to announce the cash reward to encourage residents to volunteer information on the whereabouts of the illegal firearms used to terrorize residents. Both the army and police have not yet commented on the operation as the concerned officials couldn’t be reached by the time of filing this story.
In the early 1990’s, General Salim Saleh used the cash reward initiative to recover illegal fire arms in northern Uganda. It is not clear, how many guns were recovered, but several residents voluntarily handed over the guns in exchange for cash.