By Mubiru Ivan

Police have arrested 146 criminals suspected of terrorizing Kampala city.

Those arrested in the early Thursday swoop are suspected to be part of the criminal gangs that are involve in robbery, counterfeit and drug distribution, mugging of people as well as pick pocketing on city streets.

The operation took place in areas of Makindye, Ndeeba, Kinyoro, Kisenyi, Katwe,Kiseeka, Kikoni, Kasubi, Kawala and Nakulabye.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander CP. Moses Kabugo Kafeero said that the ongoing operations by police in Kampala send a very clear warning message to offenders that security agencies shall not be winding down for Christmas and letting them go on their merry way.

“These pre-Christmas operations are systematically geared towards controlling key black spots around the city that are often used in harboring criminals and their activities,” said Kafeero.

“Throughout this remaining period towards Christmas Season, police shall be carrying out a series of high-profile days of action aimed at disrupting criminal activities and keeping the good people of Kampala safe during the festive period,” he added.

By the end of the operation, 38 out of the 146 suspects were released following a screening exercise by local leaders in the targeted areas.