A senior cop attached to Kasangati Police Station in Kampala has been arrested in connection to arms trafficking to Kenya.
The officer whose identity has been withheld by police for security reasons was picked up on Tuesday together with five others and detained at Mbale Central Police Station.
The other suspects who have been transferred to various police stations in Kampala are John Manyali, Efida Pidoko, David Ongwechi, Charles Walomere and Zakayo Magoma.
Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander confirmed the arrest but declined to divulge details. According to information available to URN, the suspects have been stealing guns from Kampala and other areas in the country and smuggle them to Kenya through the Malaba and Busia border points.
The suspects were picked up after John Manyali was found transporting an AK 47 rifle to Kenya in a Gateway Bus. The suspect had wrapped the gun in a yellow polythene bag and stuffed it in a sack of Matoke being transported to Kenya for sell in Kenya. The Gun was discovered at a joint military and police check point at Malaba Border Post over the weekend.
Shortly after his arrest Manyali named his accomplices leading to their arrest on Monday and Tuesday. The suspects have been charged with gun trafficking and illegal possession of government stores under case file number SD 42/02/2013. Uganda security personnel have been on the spot over the flourishing illegal arms trade in the country.
A United States government report released in 2001, described Uganda as one of the major illicit arms-trafficking centres for eastern, central and western Africa.
Arms trafficking has been considered the main factor behind insecurity, often related to cattle raiding, along the common borders of Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia.