As the new crime wave of dropping anonymous threatening leaflets increases in different parts of the country, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola has come out and guided the public on how to treat them in order to have the criminals arrested.
In a security press briefing held on Saturday, Ochola revealed that the new crime wave which started from Masaka last month has now spread to other parts of the country which has raised tension among different individuals and communities.
“As you are aware, during the month of August, we started registering new threats, in form of anonymous letters that were being sent to individuals and or dropped in selected communities. In Masaka, the threatening anonymous leaflets, were dropped at Mwaalo, Kyabakuza and Kisoka villages, while in Kyotera they were dropped at Baloole village. These threats of anonymous letters that were highly linked to the vicious killings, have since reduced in the Greater Masaka area.” he said
More such letters, he said, have now been dropped in Katabila zone in Nsambya West, Nateete, Busega, Lungujja, Kasengejje, Matugga, Kabojja, in Kampala.
The said letters often have no address, the perpetrators use poor handwriting with threats of panga attacks, to a particular community or individual.
One which was dropped on 4/09/2021, in Kisarabwire, Masindi Municipality, threatened 6 people including the LC1 Chairperson. In Mitooma District, 5 warning letters were dropped between the 4-6th September in areas of Nyabubaare Cell, Kabila Sub County.
The IGP advised as such, that these letters once found, must be treated with caution.
“The letters carry evidence on them and we are asking the public not to touch the letters or tamper with the scene. Thereafter, proceed to alert the nearest security unit and wait in a safe place, until the police or security teams arrive.” the IGP said.
“A well preserved scene will help provide clues in tracking down the perpetrators to these anonymous letters, in form of latent fingerprints, DNA, and the use of canine dogs. Like we successfully arrested, the 3 culprits behind the threatening anonymous letters in Katabi, it is an illusion for the suspects to think that they can remain hidden and send threats to whoever they want with impunity.”
Ochola maintains that up to this stage, there is no credible information, indicating the validity of these threats and that so far the police task teams are trying their very best, to track down all the culprits and bring them to book.