Seven arrested for vandalism

By Robert Segawa

The crime intelligence department of police has arrested seven suspects who have been found in possession of stolen electric cables and electric gadgets worth 3 billion shillings.

The crime intelligence has identified Kiboga and Rubaga as areas that have been affected by the vandalism.

While addressing journalists at the Police headquarters,Police mouth piece Fred Enanga said that members of the public have been complaining about vandalism on electric utilities where electricity poles and insulators have been cut.

He explained that ,this has been disrupting power supply in these areas but also causing electricity company UMEME a huge loss.

Enanga further identified the suspects arrested as Ssemaganda Ronald, Matovu Abdul, Musoke Lawrence, Bugiri Martin, Nuwamanya Micheal, Tulyatemba Ashiraf,Obadia Matovu all were picked from Kiboga and Old Kampala.

The suspects are to be charged for being in possession of government property and vandalism.

Fuel station owners advised to beef up security

By Robert Segawa

Police have carried out a joint operation with the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence(CMI) leading to arrest of a 25 year old man found with an improvised explosive device.

According to police spokesperson,Fred Enanga,Daniel Kaliisa was arrested from Bulyantete village in Buikwe district after a tip off by locals.

Enanga said that a search in Kaliisa’s home led to discovery of several items including several mobile phones, fake national IDs and materials about terrorism activities.

The police spokesperson said bomb experts are now examining the improvised explosive device to ascertain its capacity as investigations into the matter continue.

In a related development, the police spokesperson said they are also investigating two separate attacks at fuel stations in Gayaza and Ssekanyonyi, Wakiso district.

Enanga said the two attacks happened in the night of 17th March when unknown people tried to burn Prime fuel station in Gayaza and Lorris petrol station in Ssekanyonyi

He however urged proprietors of fuel stations to enhance their security to avert any possible attacks from unknown assailants.

All cargo trucks must be inspected- Enanga

By Robert Segawa

Police has directed their top officers to start confronting and searching cargo trucks from residential areas after it was established that they facilitate in the transportation of the stolen items like electronics.

Addressing a news conference at Police headquarters in Naguru, Fred Enanga the police spokesman said that the confrontation and searching of cargo trucks from residential areas is one of the commands which has been issued to various police commanders across the country in regard to the enforcement of curfew time.

Enanga adds that they have recorded several complaints from various people about the crimes that occur during the curfew hours.

He further revealed that all police commanders have been directed to reinforce the curfew hours by arresting and penalizing the non complaint people because their non compliance has accelerated many crimes to occur in various parts of the country.

Enanga also said that new guidelines and commands have also been issued to traffic police officers who were directed to start conducting operations on taxis , buses and other motorists to see whether they observe the standard operation procedures as many have embarked on loading to the full capacity.

He maintains that the police will also be conducting operations on boda bodas who operate beyond curfew hours of 6pm because some have a tendency of turning off their lights when riding while others have been involved in various criminal acts.

Another phase of security camera installation is underway -Police

By Robert Segawa

Police has identified a total of 2319 sites where they are set to install CCTV cameras in the second phase of expanding the National CCTV camera project.

The Second phase of CCTV camera installation started in January 2020 is set to cover all Municipalities, Major towns, and all Highways across the country as part of the Police’s strategic mechanism of detecting and fighting crime in the country.

While addressing a press conference at Police headquarters Naguru, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson revealed that they have been carrying out an assessment of hot spot centers with high criminal rates since last year. In some of these areas 80 Automatic number plate recognition cameras and 23 facial recognition will be installed and monitored at 107 police monitoring centers.

Enanga further noted that they have plans of installing the CCTV cameras at the boarders of Busia, Malaba, Bunagana, Katuna boarder as well as Nimule.

It should be noted that the police completed the first phase of installing CCTV cameras which is covers Kampala Metropolitan policing Area with the launch of the National CCTV command center at Police headquarters Naguru and over 6000 cameras were installed.

Enanga says CCTV camera installation has played a great role by helping police to arrest murderers using CCTV footage.

Police to charge its own over poorly conducted arrest of Bobi Wine

By Robert Segawa

Police officers who broke the car window of Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Hon Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobiwine are in trouble after police management decided to have them investigated and Charged.

On Easter Monday, police led by Deputy police Commander Kampala metropolitan area Denis Namuwoza stopped Hon Kyagulanyi on his way to One Love beach Busabala in Wakiso district to brief journalists on Cancelled Kyarenga extra concert.

Police stopped Hon Kyagulanyi together With his supporters at Busabala Junction traffic lights and ordered him to come out from his vehicle which he refused.

Police then arrested the Kyarenga extra concert organizer Abbey Musinguzi also known as Abbitex and Bobi’s Body guard Eddie Mutwe for defying police orders.

The singer’s supporters got aggravated and pelted stones at the police, this forced police to fire live bullets and tear gas at the angry mob

Addressing the media at Naguru police headquarters, police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the officers who were involved in that incident will be charged since they didn’t take steps in that operation.

This comes after President Yoweri Museveni come out blamed police of breaking Bobi Wine’s car during arrest on Easter Monday which was not necessary .

President Museveni said officer’s who was commanding the operation made a poor decision to break the window screen.

However, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that , breaking through any motor vehicle can be done by an authorized officer whether they have a court order or not , he however adds that ” this should be done well all available options have been exhausted” .

Enanga added that the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) together with the law department are analysing this issue and the force will take action according to the findings.

We are training police to handle rallies -Enanga

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force has embarked on training it’s officers in handling and managing public procession and rallies organized by politicians.

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga while addressing the press today at CPS he said that this has been implemented because some politicians have started early campaigns and preparations a head of 2021 general elections.

The training teaches officers how to handle, manage,and control political activities of both those who are law abiding and those who are defiant.

Enanga further said that they have communicated to all Territorial commanders these are RPC, and District police commanders not to allow all gathering all processions which are not under the law.

He adds that during this communication the commanders should know how to talk to the organizer, and how to handle them than affecting other members of the public who are not part of their political activities.

Enanga reminds all the Commanders to fast engage the organizer’s of political activities before they make an official declaration to leave the venue before they are dispersed, and if they refuse to leave reasonable force will be used to disperse.

He raised concern about The defiance campaign of the Forum for Democratic change,in organizing procession, rallies, and meetings which was not the case when Gen Mugisha Muntu was then the president of the party.

He adds that after FDC conversing their support meeting from the Grassroots they end up holding rallies which are not included in their communication to police.

He further says that all communications concerning rallies and procession have been entrusted by Inspector general of police to the Directorate of operations to work out all the modernizes, but advised all the politicians to inform the police within 14 days according to the act concerning public order management act.