Police boss Rogers Muhirwe on hot seat after unexplained forces’ expenditure

By Alice Lubwama

Police  has failed to explain how they spent over 12 billion shillings in training.

While appearing before the public accounts committee of parliament chaired by the Soroti woman member of Parliament, Angelina Osege to scrutinize the auditor general’s report of 2015/2016. The undersecretary of the force Rogers Muhirwe said that the some funds was  used to train additional man power for the 2016 elections and he balance  was used to clear outstanding food bills of 2.97 billion among others.

The auditor general in his report noted that 15 billion was budgeted to carry out staff training however a sum of 21 billion was spent leading to excess expenditure.

The auditor general noted that in the police’s training reports the courses undertaken and places where the trainings took place were not mentioned.

The report also reveals that even though police claims to have trained 250 officers  but they could not reveal their names , training instructors , facilities and who and what was paid to them.

Arua gets new District Police commander ahead of by election

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola has this evening transferred the District Police Commander (DPC) Arua over Monday’s attack on the Presidential motorcade.

DPC Abbas Ssenyonjo has been transferred to Masaka District with Immediate effect in a message signed by the Director Human Resource Administration Moses Balimwoyo .

Ssenyonjo has been replaced by the DPC Masaka Henry Kintu .

The following officers have been transferred with immediate effect, Ssenyonjo who was in charge of the security of Arua Municipality during Monday’s final campaign but is alleged to have failed to control the crowds hence leading to an attack and obstruction of the Presidential Motorcade as security forces including police and the Special Force Command (SFC) tried to disperse the crowds wearing colors believed to be of supporters of independent candidate Kasiano Wadri.

During the scuffle, four people are said to have been shot with  one dying on the spot. Yasin Kawuma a driver to Member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi wine was shot dead while seated in Bobi Wine’s vehicle around hotel Pacific in Arua Town.

Police officer held for defiling minor

By Robert Segawa

Police in Bombo is investigating the circumstances under which a police officer defiled 15 year old pupil.

Police constable Mpima Charles 49 year old attached to Nyimbwa police post defiled primary five pupil of St Tereza Nandere  boys primary school.

It alleges that the victim threatened the mother of the victim  a one Nakitende Magret to commit suicide if she disclosed her affairs, so the mother decided to report her to the area police of Nyimbwa where she was detained and in that course, the accused was defiled by the above officer while in police custody that night.

Kangave Paul the Savannah region police spokesperson  says after the suspect get to know that is being investigated the suspect fled and now also being charged with Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL).

Man murdered and dumped in Wakiso district

By Robert Segawa

Police in Matuga is investigating the circumstances under which 32 year old Enrolled nurse died and was dumped in Kagujje village Wakiso district.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the deceased identified as Tumukunde Ivan.

It is alleged that on Wednesday the deceased was taken to Fellowship Medical Centre in Matuga in a company of his wife to receive a treatment and admitted because he was ill .

To the surprise of the loved ones he was found lying dead in Kaguja this morning something that sparked off fears in the community that he could have died from the clinic and the clinic wrapped the body in the old bed sheets before dumped in the bush.

This forced the angry residents  of the area to storm the clinic with intention of setting  it a blaze and the police intervene.

Police arrested two staff members of Fellowship medical center to help in the investigation these are Mugwanya Patrick a clinic officer, and Nampera Phiona a nurse who is at Matugga police.

Man accidentally shot by a police officer

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kabalagala is investigating the circumstances under which a police officer shot dead a driver to the judge this morning.

According to Luke Oweyisigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the diceased has been identified as Ismail Mayiga a driver to Justice Musa Ssekana. He also identified the suspect as  Police Constable Daisy Nagasha attached to VIPPU.

It alleges that the two were joking at the gate as the deceased provoked the officer of carrying the gun that appear to be carrying a gun that appears to be defunct. This prompted the suspect to pull away her gun from the deceased accidentally pressing the trigger and shot him dead.

This happened at Bukesa Muyenga in Makindye division, police arrested the PC Nagasha and the gun was taken by scene of crime officer while the body has been taken to Mulago for postmortem.

Police heavily deploys in Mbale to maintain order at the mayoral elections

By Moses Kidandi

Police in Mbale has deployed heavily to maintain law and order after  residents in Bugema A and B threatened to disrupt on ongoing mayoral Elections.

A group of residents have pitched camp at polling stations and are suspected to be intimidating voters not to participate in the on going mayoral Elections after some of the residents claim they don’t want to be under the newly created Nauyo-Bugema Town Council.

Nauyo-Bugema Mayoral race is tight between renowned Radio presenter Emma Watundu (FDC) AND  NRM’s Fred Masaba,Others in the race are two Independent candidates .

Police bans use of mega speakers in protests against new taxes

By Robert Segawa

Police have warned all those inciting Ugandans to desist from paying the social media tax and other controversial taxes like mobile money to avoid using public speakers.

This follows the arrest and impounding a mega speaker that was playing a voice inciting members of public for not paying the said taxes.

Addressing journalists at the Central police station,the police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said police is currently investigating the voice behind this message. Kayima adds that intelligence has it that using such means of communication can propagate other criminal acts of terrorism.

He says this is because a criminal can easily plant a bomb in these mega phones which can easily explode killing all those converging around it to listen to this message

Eastern and southern African police intensify operation Usalama

By Robert Segawa

Top police officers from 26 countries of the Eastern and Southern Africa regions  have resolved to intensify operation Usalama to handle transnational crimes.
While meeting at Entebbe Imperial Resort Beach hotel, Police bosses heading Criminal Investigations, Operations and Interpol in the different countries launched the fifth stage of operation Usalama.

Operation Usalama is an inter-regional operation across the Eastern and Southern Africa targeting cross boarder crimes that include; human, drug and arms trafficking, people smuggling, environmental crimes, car thefts and sell of counterfeit products.

The operation which has so far undergone four stages, began in 2013 with operations against different categories of crimes handled annually by a team of about 1,500 officers deployed through out the 26 countries.

According to the Regional Interpol Bureau head of Southern Africa Michael Mawa, the need to intensify the operation is the increasing high level mobility of criminals and operations of criminal cartels within the regions and beyond.

The first operations Usalama focus on drug trafficking while the second focused on terrorism and wildlife trophies, the third which was carried out in 2015 targeted motor vehicle theft with more than 1,000 stolen motor vehicles recovered, in 2016 it was fuel adulteration while an operation against Counterfeit products was carried out last year.

The operations are usually done co currently in all the members countries which include Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eriteria, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Angola among others.
The police bosses will meet for two days, to lay out a strategy on the focus and implementation of Usalama 5 which was launched today.

However, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola has advised the officers to be strategic and keep in mind that the criminals have very sophisticated plans.

Police calls upon drivers to vigilant

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force appeals to all members of the public especially travelers and motorists to be more conscious as they park their vehicles to see that they are fully locked.

The police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima told the press today at Central Police Station Kampala that the police was prompted to conduct an operation in Kampala metropolitan after getting concerns about criminals who snatch people’s properties during traffic jam in broad day light where more than 400 suspects were arrested and committed to courts of law.

He raises concern that members of public should be vigilant after realizing that criminals have been stealing motor  vehicle parts during traffic jam without intervening. He adds that the operations is still on going.

Man held for impersonating IGP Okoth on Facebook

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala is holding man for allegedly opening a Facebook page in the names of Inspector General of police Martins Okoth Ochola to defraud people.

Vincent Sekate the spokesperson for CID says the suspect Geoffrey Kalele a resident of Namutumba District has been operating a pseudo Facebook account in the names of the IGP between March and June and has been using it to defraud the public.

Kalele also has been using the fake account to give orders to officers and some unsuspecting officers would follow them.After his arrest, Kalele accepted his crime and confessed to coning and defrauding people. Sekate adds that Kalele had so far collected UgX 700,000/- from the public which he used to pay school fees for his children.