There has been slight reduction in crime says IGP

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola has urged Members of the public to continue working together with Uganda Police in the fight against crime which will boost the country’s economy and development.

The IGP Ochola said this the launch of the annual report of year 2018 where he pointed out a total of 238,746 cases reported compared to 252,065 cases registered in 2017 reflecting a decrease in crime by 5.2% .

He says that 4.5% of all crimes were committed along the highways, 47.7% were in urban centers while 47.8 % were committed in rural areas.

He adds that cases of defilement, thefts, rape, Burglaries and murders have been more rampant in rural areas while robbery, common assaults, and Aggravated assaults are common in urban areas.

He further adds that 73,035 cases were taken to court reflecting an increase of 66,626 cases that were taken to court in 2017; with convictions totaling to 22,263, while dismissed cases are 11,121 in 2018.

Ochola further says 239,484 persons were victims of crime of whom 143, 880 were male adults, and female adults were 60,648 , while young boys are 10,772 and girls were 24,184 victims.

In her part as Director Criminal Investigation Directorate AIGP Grace Akullo has identifies leading crimes in 2018 as Common assaults, Defilement, domestic violence and fraud obtaining money by false pretense among others compared to 2017.

Grace Akullo says that 29,735 were registered, and defilement with 15,366 cases, domestic violence 13,916, followed obtaining money by false pretense with 12,313 cases among others.

She pointed out Kampala south division, Kampala north division, West Nile , Albertine region, Elgon region, Kampala East division,Busoga north and Sezibwa as the leading regions where crime has been committed to have increased in the same year.

In his part as Director of traffic and road safety AIGP Dr.Steven Kasiima reports that a total of 3,689 died in road accident in a total of 3,194 fatal accident s registered in 2018.

Dr Kasiima says their has been a slight increase in the number of people who died by 5.4% compared to the people who died in 2017 totaling to 3,500 lost their lives.

He adds that serious accidents were 6,085 and minor accidents were 30,526 in 2018.

He says that the causes of accident are due to reckless driving, over speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, careless pedestrians and vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition among others.

He adds that 199,785 penality tickets were issued out to indiscipline driver’s of which 15.6 billion have so far been paid while 18 billion shillings is to be paid by defaulters.

Internal affairs minister summons IGP over MP Nambooze

The Inspector General of police, Martin Ochola has been summoned to the ministry of internal affairs to explain the continued detention of suspects beyond 48 hours without producing them in court.
This follows various petitions and concerns related to the detention of Mukono municipality mp Betty Namboze who is being treated at Kirudu hospital under tight supervision and guard of the police which still treats her as a suspect.
Nambooze was arrested last week after reporting to the CID in connection with statements she uttered before and after the death of Arua Municipality mp Ibrahim Abiriga.
Internal affairs minister J.J Odong says Police has a right to detain a suspect if there is reason for them to suspect you to have committed a crime. However, Odongo says the IGP should explain to the public why the legislator cant be released of produced in court.
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IGP makes changes in his office

By Robert Segawa

The inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura has sacked his long time Personal assistant  ACP Jonathan Baloza and replaced him with Cp Sagal Abraham who has been working with Interpol international relationship.

The move comes at a time of heightened tension at police with Gen Kayihura fearing for his life.

In the new changes Kayihura transferred Baloza to human resource directorate pending course.

Asp Immaculate Musimenta was also be transferred from the office of IGP to Human resource directorate, ASP David Sembera from office of IGP to Finance, ASP Emmanuel Ochamuliga from Office of IGP to Human resource directorate pending deployment.

According to Asan Kasingye the police spokesperson said the transfers are normal and started with immediate effect.

 

IGP spends 450 police officers at border points.

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of Police Gen.Kayihura has ordered that police officers in Malaba, Busia and Kisoro border points be suspended and sent for refresher courses.

According to the Bukedea region  Sowali Kamulya, the IGP acted after receiving complaints from the public over misconduct of the said officers.

He said the officers from the rank of constable to Assistant Superintendent of police had been cited in aiding smugglers and failure to respond to emergencies from members of the public.

The new development affects officers from DPCs to OC stations.

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Gen. Kaihura warms up for #PoliceMarathon

By Natumanya Andrew

The IGP Afande Kare Kayihura has today morning shocked eye witnesses when he easily jogged through Kampala city outskirts from Kololo ceremonial grounds through Lugogo bypass to Kira road to Kamwokya- Mulago-Golf course and back to Kololo grounds a distance of about 20Km.

IGP in red cap during the Marathon
IGP in red cap during the Marathon

At the finish line, he took members of the community and officers through physical exercise drills that left many amazed how fit the Inspector General of Police is.

The most amazing part was where he told the people that this was just practice for the #PoliceMarathon that he scheduled for Saturday 8th October.

He further invited everyone to the #PoliceDay that is taking place tomorrow at the Kololo ceremonial grounds where the guest of honor will be H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the President of the Republic of Uganda.

Court halts criminal proceedings of IGP

By Robert Ssegawa.

Makindye magistrate court has formerly halt criminal proceeding prosecution of IGP Gen Kale Kayihura and seven of his senior police commander over torture.

As earlier ordered by constitutional court presiding grade 1 magistrate Juliet Nakitende order this morning that the proceedings against Kayihura be halted until the court received further directive from constitution court.

Magistrate Nakitende was moved by order served to her court this morning that was issued and signed by deputy chief justice Kavuma last Friday.

Justice Kavuma suspended the trial until constitutional court hears and determine a petition filed by city advocate Robert Lutalo challenging Kayihura’s trial on torture charges.

Kavuma’s order has been served and presented before court by David Wandera Oundo Lutalo’s advocate.

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Nsibambi has condems Makindye siege

Former Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi has condemned the recent siege on Makindye Chief Magistrates Court saying such attacks interrupt the independence of the Judiciary.

His comments follow demonstrations by supporters of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura who threatened to block proceedings of a case filed by private lawyers against Kayihura and seven other police officers over the beating of former presidential candidate Dr Besigye’s supporters.

Nsibambi appeales to the pro-Kayihura team to follow provisions of the law and allow the courts to perform their duties undisturbed.

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There is no reason for IGP to appear- Ofwono

Government maintains that the police boss Kale Kahihura has never been served with summons to appear before the Makindye Magistrates court where he is expected to appear for alleged torture of Dr. Besigye’s supporters last month.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says Kayihura is only reading about the summons in court in the media adding that there is no reason for him to appear before the court.

 

IGP SENDS SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS ON A ONE YEAR FRESHER COURSE

By Robert Ssegawa.

Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura has sent senior police officers across the country for one year fresher course at police senior staff college in Bwebajja.

The new long list of senior police officers going for an intermediate course followed a massive police reshuffle that saw senior police officers in Kampala Metropolitan lose their offices to junior officers.

Notable among senior police officers going for the one year Intermediate course include;

  • ACP Herbert Muhangi the Flying Squad commander,
  • ACP Polly Namaye the deputy police publicist,
  • ACP Silagi Bakaleke the RPC Kampala East,
  • ACP James Ruhweza the KMP operations commander,
  • Acp Sam Omara,
  • Hassan Kihanda the Fire and Rescue operations commander,
  • David Manzi the commandant Parliament police,
  • Apollo Kateeba RPC Albertine region,
  • Buruhan Zirabamuzale staff officer KMP,
  • Mark Odongo commandant CiID Kireka,
  • SSP Nixon Agasirwe the commander of Gen Kayihura’s Special Operations Unit whose police number has been protested among other officers.

The officers are expected to undergo senior command course, force leadership skills and widen range of their understanding with the help of different scholars from within and outside the country.


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Lawmaker condemns prosecution of junior POLICE officers

By Alice Lubwama

The shadow minister for internal affairs and human rights also Butambala county MP Mohammad Muwanga Kivumbi condemned prosecution of junior officers instead of their commanders for beating up supporters of Kiiza Besigye.

Kivumbi says that the trial of five police constables and a crime preventer over the beating up of FDC supporters is a mockery of justice because they were working on orders of their commanders who have been spared from taking the stand in the dock at the police tribunal that started work yesterday.

The law maker notes that charging the five officers is a trick by the IGP to fool Ugandans that justice will be served.


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