IGP Okoth orders for a Police head count

By Robert Segawa

The inspector General of police, Okoth Martin Ochola has ordered for head count in Uganda police force to commence on 18th-June-2018 across the country to know the actual numbers of serving officers as way of professionalize the force.

According to the message from Professional standard unit commander assistant commissioner of police William Okalany the head count will begin with units, divisions and regions within Kampala before extending to up country.

He adds that all personnel will be counted from their particular area of deployment within district and division.

Okalany adds that the division police commanders will organize the audit centers and each officer will fill a man power audit form before proceeding to the audit team for verification.

The police officers will expect to present passport photos, warrant cards, bank account, tin number, and national identity card number. He strongly warns those will miss the exercise their names will be deleted from the payroll.

Football fans asked to be vigilant during the world cup season

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police has issued safety guidelines for security and traffic ahead of FIFA world Cup which starts on Thursday.

Addressing the press today at police headquarters Naguru, Senior commissioner of police of counter David Wasswa urges members of the public to be vigilant throughout the tournament by, reporting suspicious individuals providing access control measures for checking and searching all fans who will be going to their venues among others.

He adds that members of public should be more vigilant on the day of  the finals as terrorist attacked Uganda in 2010.

During the same press conference the public relations officer of traffic and road safety Charles Ssebambulidde strongly warned football fans who will be watching the matches to desist from driving under the influence of alcohol as they will be arrested. He says that traffic police has more than enough breathalyzers to carry out operations for drunken drivers.

Dormitory collapses in a school fire

By Robert Segawa

Police is investigating the circumstances under which fire gutted girl’s dormitory of Kiryokya Parents SS in Mityana district left property worth millions of shillings destroyed.

The evening fire started when students were attending evening classes.  Students’ properties including suit cases, Mattresses, Decker beds were already burned down by the time fire brigade arrived.

The fire had also gaputted the enitire girl’s dormitory and the structure had collapsed.

Nobert Ochom, the Wamala region police spokesperson confirmed the incident saying no child died in the fire the investigation is going on.

Over 60 flying squad operatives dropped

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola has dropped over 60 operatives formally working with Flying squad unit.

The commissioner in charge of human resource at the directorate of CID Fred Enanga says  the officers formally attached to the unit are undergoing rectification.

Enanga added that on 15th May a total of 280 flying squad operatives were ordered to report to CID Kibuli for vetting but only 274 reported.

He further said that 60 operatives were dropped because of their bad record.

He adds that the director CID Grace Akullo vetting the former officers to have those with poor truck record sent to the professional standards unit.

In other news ASP Mbonipa Emmanuel former detective attached to media desk at CID headquarters Kibuli has been reverted to general duties deployed to human resource pending deployment.

Mosey Radio’s case adjourned

By Sania Babirye
The family of the late Moses Sekibogo commonly known as Mosey Radio has protested at the Entebbe Magistrate court showing their dissatisfaction in the manner the case is being handled.
These led by  his mother Jane Kasubo  had appeared today  before chief magistrate Mary Kaitesi hoping that state would have concluded investigations to have the case committed for trial in the high court.
However prosecution informed court that investigations are still ongoing asking for more time which forced the magistrate to adjourn the case to the 18th of June 2018.
This did not go well with the frustrated relatives who asked court to help in seeing that Mosey Radio gets justice for his death.They also claimed that it’s not fair that one person whom they do not believe is the actual murderer was been arrested so far.
They say that the actual killers have not been arrested and its not fair to only have one person whom police claims was involved in Mosey Radio’s death. They have now asked court to arrest more people and the actual people who were involved in his death if justice is to be served for their lost relative. Godfrey Wamala alias Troy has also further been remanded to Kigo government prison.
On the 7th of February this year, Troy was remanded to Kigo government prison after being charged with murder by chief magistrate Mary Kaitesi  who bared  him from entering any plea since he is facing a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by the high court.
 Troy is a businessman and  a resident of Kyengera LC1, Nsangi Town council in Wakiso district, the same place where security operatives from Katwe police station caught him while hiding after he allegedly beat Mosey Radio on the  22nd  of January 2018, by allegedly hiting  the late on the head during a brawl at  “De bar ” in Entebbe.
Mosey Radio is said to have then sustained head  injuries and died a week later at Case Clinic in Kampala after going into a coma.

UPF procures choppers worth 88 Billion UGX

Uganda Police Force has acquired two more helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft from Italy. The purchase of the two engine helicopters at the tune of Shillings 88 billion (USD 23.9M) began in 2015 while that of the fixed wing aircraft began in 2017.

The fixed wing aircraft cost Shillings 30.3 billion (USD8.2M). The two helicopters including the GrandNew and a W-3A Sokół as well as the fixed wing aircraft are being assembled by PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company in Italy.

According to the police policy statement, government has so far released Shillings 86 billion of the required Shillings 110.3 billion for the aircraft deal leaving a balance of Shillings 24 billion.  The aircrafts will be used for law enforcement, surveillance, rescue missions and transporting police bosses as well as other senior government officials.

Police spokesperson, Emiliam Kayima declined to comment on the procurement, saying it was classified. “These are classified equipment whose details we shall not divulge. However, they will go a long way in adding value in as far as ensuring effective policing is concerned.

They will greatly improve our operations as we deliver on our cardinal, constitutional mandate,” Kayima said. The procurement of the two helicopters brings to five the number of helicopters in the police air force wing.

Police bought two helicopters in 2015 from PZL-Swidnik, which trained eight of police pilots as well as 10 officers on how to repair and maintain the aircrafts. According to the website of PZL-Świdnik, the W-3A Sokol is an intermediate twin engine helicopter, which is “highly effective, rugged and reliable, capable of operating in all types of climates and environmental conditions.

They  are equipped with a cargo hook, rescue hoist, search light, loudspeaker system, rappelling kit, FLIR, surveillance cameras and provisions for firefighting equipment and an emergency flotation system.

The W-3A Sokol’s maximum take-off weight is 6,400 kilogrammes and is capable of carrying up to 14 people, as well as cargo. It can be used in law enforcement, passenger transport, troop transport, air ambulance, search, rescue and firefighting. On the other hand, the GrandNew was chosen for its performance and advanced technology.

According to Leonardo Company, the GrandNew is the premium, latest-generation light twin helicopter, evolved from the globally successful Grand platform, enhanced with the latest global navigation satellite system for all weather operations.”

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Activists demand officers at Nalufenya account for their actions

A section of Ugandans has tasked the Uganda Police to account for the actions of its errant officers who tortured suspects at Nalufenya Detention Facility over the years.

Located in Jinja district, Nalufenya Police post had been transformed into a Special Investigations Centre of police by the former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura.

At the facility, all suspects, who were treated as hardcore criminals, were detained. But its image changed as persons who were detained there came out with aching tales of torture, human rights violations as well as inhumane and degrading treatment.

The facility was at the centre of controversy after gruesome pictures of Kamwenge Mayor Geoffrey Byabakama emerged showing marks of torture all over his body. Byamukama, one of the people suspected of killing former Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, had been severely beaten on the knees and ankles and could barely walk when his pictures first came to the public domain.

Such actions, coupled with public outcry, prompted the re-designation of Nalufenya Special detention facility into a police station by the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola.

But Imam Idi Kasozi, a renowned analyst says closing Nalufenya or reverting its status to the police station is not exciting.  He says Police needs to take responsibility and account for its ugly actions at the facility instead of covering them up with a change in status.

Jomeo Richard, a Kampala based activist says the closure or transformation of Nalufenya restores hope for Ugandans. He says the government needs to do much more to eliminate torture, especially within the security forces.  Jomeo also called for those who were in charge of torture at Nalufenya to be made to account.
Anthony Nuwaijuka, a Bodaboda rider says Nalufenya had lost its place but says this new move to turn Nalufenya into a police station will change the image of the police.

Meanwhile, Kitagwenda County MP Abas Agaba says that Nalufenya as a facility was not the problem, but the actions of the police officers in charge of the facility adding that torture should never be tolerated in any part of the country.

 

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Police regional commander Bakaleke suspended

By Robert Segawa

Police has suspended  the Assistant Commissioner of police Siraji Bakaleke accused of unlawful arrest of South Korean businessmen and extorting money from them worth shs 1.4bn.

Bakaleke the former Kampala South regional police commander had been appointed as Acting Commissioner in charge of Police Political Education by Gen Kale Kayihura before he was sacked.

According to the police letter signed by the director Human Resource and administration Hajji Moses Balimwoyo who is the deployment officer for all police personnel, Bakaleke has been asked to leave office to allow investigations to be complete.

Bakaleke has been suspended together with ASP Herbert Akankwasa, Robert Asimwe, Ayebale and Kenneth Zirintusa. They are facing charges of unlawful arrest and confiscation of property.

Bakaleke together with his co-accused are implicated for allegedly extorting more than Shs1.4 billion (USD 400,000) from two South Korean nationals.

Criminal investigations boss orders Makerere CID arrest over shelving sexual assault case

Jackson Amali, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations at Makerere University Police Station is in trouble for allegedly mismanaging a sexual harassment case.

Amali was picked up over the weekend on the orders of the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, Grace Akullo.

Amali’s arrest came after it emerged that he attempted to shelf a sexual harassment case against Denis Kisuze, an administrator in the Academic Registrar’s office at Makerere University.

The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting a former student, Rachel Njoroge Njeri. Njeri reported a case of sexual harassment against Kisuze at Makerere University police station on April 14th 2018. She accused the administrator of sexually assaulting her when she went to pick her transcript.

Despite the complaint filed by Njeri, Amali didn’t take any action. The officer neither recorded a statement from the complaint nor did he give her a medical form.

Njeri’s plight came to light after she posted the pictures she had recorded in the suspect’s office and her statement on social medical. As a result, detectives at Wandegeya police station swung into action on April 19th, 2018 and picked up Kisuze.

They also recorded the victim’s statement. Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson has confirmed Amali’s arrest. “Yes he was arrested but it was purely a disciplinary action,” Owoyesigyire told Uganda Radio Network. The professional Standards Unit is investigating the officer for abuse of office and case mismanagement.

 

 

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Kirumira demoted to inspector of police

By Segawa Robert

The former DPC Buyende District Mohammed Kirumira has been convicted and demoted to the lower rank of Inspector of Police.

Police court which was chaired by  Denis Odongopiny acquitted Kirumira on 3 counts and was  convicted on 3 other counts.

Kirumira was acquitted on 3 counts of bribery , corruption and torture of a one Hassan Kayongo.

He was  also convicted for defaming his fellow officer on allegation of theft,  and neglect of duty.

However Kirumira described the accounts of conviction as laughable and added that he is going to appeal the sentence.