Kampala. Police have put a Shs20m bounty on a man they believe is behind sending death threats to business people unless they pay him money ranging from Shs100m to Shs170m.
The police have released the man’s photograph for the public to identify him and contact the police.
The deputy police spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango, said the suspect and others at large, have been preferring bitcoins as a model of payment.
“Police appeals to whoever has any information which may lead to his arrest and prosecution to pass it in confidence to the nearest Police Station or call telephone numbers 0712827702, 0702436325, 0702415982, 0715411689,” Mr Onyango said yesterday.
The suspects have been targeting investors and some are said to have paid the money to them.
On Saturday, President Museveni ordered the police to trace the suspects and arrest them while assuring investors of their safety.
“These parasites, these pigs have been sending threatening letters and recorded messages to steal money from these investors or to even frighten them so that they run away.
I am sending this message to the investors to be calm. We shall expose and defeat these pigs, the parasites. Who is it that does not want Uganda to industrialise and why?” the President asked.
“They (suspects) claim to be politically motivated. What sort of politics is it that does not welcome the industrialisation of Uganda and yet you claim to be concerned about the welfare of the masses?” he added.
Mr Museveni said the suspects are using Swedish and Australian mobile phone numbers and they will be traced using International Police.
“Within Uganda , we are putting in place equipment for smart and safe cities which will expose all these pigs; In the meantime, we shall deploy police personnel on all the industrial parks and even in isolated factories; be vigilant and report to the police anything suspicious,” he said.
The President said once the smart and safe city systems are in place, the security personnel will be withdrawn.
“We shall then depend on remote monitoring,” he said.
The actions of the pigs are shallow schemes; they will be defeated,” he said.
After the killing of Arua Municipality legislator Ibrahim Abiriga and Assistant Superintendent of Police Muhammad Kirumira, President Museveni ordered the installation of CCTV cameras and deployment of 24,000 Local Defence Unit personnel in Kampala Metropolitan Policing Area to fight the criminals.
By Daily Monitor