The territorial Police in Mukono has arrested a one Asumani Owere, 30, a boda boda rider resident of Kitega Village, Kawolo Sub County in Buikwe District for allegedly targeting his unsuspecting female passengers and raping them in isolated areas.

Owere is also alleged to have robbed his victims of their belongings after raping them on knife point.

“Seven rape victims have reported cases at police where two of the victims have positively identified Owere as their attacker.” Asp Luke Owoyesigyire Deputy PRO Kampala Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

He adds that the arrest of Owere followed a community initiative to identify him.

The community members arrested Owere as he was attempting to rape a female victim in a bush at Nakapinyi Village in Nama Sub County in Mukono District. They later handed him over to the police that escalated investigations and was able to track his movements using the CCTV camera system.” Asp Luke Owoyesigyire added

The victims and the suspect have recorded statements that will be used in the prosecution.

Police say it has noted that there is an increasing number of women who have either been raped or attempted to be raped and robbed in the area by a group of people who pretend to be boda boda riders.

The police reminds passengers to remain vigilant and only use motorcycles they find at gazetted stages to avoid being targeted by criminals.