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.

Man arrested for murdering colleague in Ntinda

By Robert Segawa

Police at Kiira Road have today morning arrested Nelson Enos Ofwono alias Nelson Victor Ochien alias Nelly Octopus on allegation of stabbing to death Isaac Omugar at Chillies Restaurant, Ntinda on March 31, 2021.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman Ofwono was arrested at his rented home in Katooke Zone B, Nansana Municipality, in Wakiso District.

Police detectives have been searching for the suspect for more than three weeks after they obtained a CCTV footage that showed what transpired at the scene on the fateful day.

Upon interrogation, the suspect has admitted to have killed Omugar whom he accused of not paying his money , it is alleged that Ofwono lent money to Omugar , but hopes to pay back were dashed after he was laid off at Chillies Restaurant due to the stress that Corona virus put on the food business .

Owoyesigyire adds that the suspect allegedly continued putting the deceased on pressure to pay his money but on vain.

On the fateful day, Ofwono pretended that he had gone to Chillies to pick his shoes he left behind,at the restaurant, the suspect stabbed the Omugar and robbed UGX 300,000 shillings that was on the table.

The CCTV footage also shows the suspect taking UGX 20,000 from the deceased’s pockets. He also stole two mobile phones belonging to the deceased, by the time he was arrested, he had already sold one phone at Shs250,000.
During the search, the detectives recovered Sim cards belonging to the deceased at the suspect’s home , they also recovered at the suspect’s home, the clothes he was wearing during the murder and aggravated robbery.

Owoyesigyire noted that police have done better part of the investigation and the case file will be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for perusal and sanctioning.

Applications for certificates of good conduct to be done online

By Robert Segawa

Police has revealed that they are set to launch an online application for certificates of good conduct and police clearance letters to people who wish to travel abroad.

According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the Directorate of Interpol has in the past been burdened by the huge numbers of people flocking their offices in request for letters of good conduct noting that they have resorted to online services.

Enanga said that over 36000 certificates of good conduct have been issued out to the people who wish to travel abroad between January and March noting that this big number has necessitated turning to online services.

He notes that the online application will ease the process of applying and getting certificates of good conduct but will also reduce on congestion at Interpol offices in Kololo.

Enanga asked members of the public to headquarters to book appointments from the police website before going to their head offices at Kololo.

Police registers decline in crime

By Robert Segawa
The police annual crime report has indicated that there was an 8.9% decrease in the number of crimes reported committed in the year 2020 compared to the previous year.
The report released by the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola at police headquarters Naguru indicated that 195,931 cases were reported last year compared to 2019, where 215,224 cases were reported.

The report indicated that there were 14,230 cases of defilement reported in 2020, which was a 3.8% increase from the 13613 reported in 2019 as well as 17664 domestic violence cases reported in 2020 compared to 13, 693 cases reported in 2019.

According to the report there was also a reduction in the number of traffic accidents from 12,858 in 2019 to 12,249 in 2020.

In terms of Fire and Rescue emergencies, there was a 1.6% increase in incidents handled, from 999 incidents in 2019 to 1,015 in 2020.

The report attributed the crime trend to the total lock down throughout the country between March and June 2020 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The report also noted that installment of CCTV cameras, establishment of a modern forensic laboratory and reviving of the 999 patrol led to reduction in crime.

Robbers break into Late Cyprian Lwanga’s home in Kyabakadde

By Robert Segawa

Police in Nagalama are investigating aggravated robbery that occurred last night at the ancestral home of the Late Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga located at Kyabakadde village, in Kyampisi Sub-county, Mukono District.

According to preliminary investigation police have established that unidentified thugs, who were more than 15 in number, armed with pangas, and sticks dressed in plain clothes wearing face masks, attacked the residence at night.

Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala metropolitan police spokesman says that thugs gained entry of the Late Archbishop’s residence after cutting the perimeter fence.

They attacked the occupants in the house and robbed mobile phones, cash totaling to UGX250,000 from two victims tied the victims before they fled.

Owoyesigyire adds that police managed to recover some exhibits at the scene and also arrested one suspects to help in the investigation as a hunt for the rest is on going.

He further adds that the suspect, who lives in the same home, went missing during the robbery and later he resurfaced at 6am, creating suspicion that he might have been behind the robbery.

He is still under investigations as police recorded all relevant statement and the effort to have the rest of the suspects arrested and produced before courts of law.

Ministry of health starts immunizing Uganda Police

By Robert Segawa

Ministry of Health has kicked of the immunization exercise against COVID-19 for Uganda Police Force.

The launch of the exercise was officiated by the Chief of Joint Security, Maj Gen Jack Bakashumba who took the first jab at the police headquarters in Naguru.

Speaking to directors and commanders, Bakashumba urged them to encourage their juniors to be vaccinated because it is for their own safety as Uganda continues with the Corona virus fight.

Bakashumba applauded the Police Force’s doctors whom he said have ensured the force is the least affected among government institutions.

AIGP Dr. Moses Byaruhanga, the Police Director in charge of medical services said they received 20,000 doses of the vaccine but noted these would go to foot soldiers first before others are catered for.

According to Byaruhanga officers who carry out operations, those on counters and those above the age of 50 as well as officers with underlying health conditions will be the first ones to be vaccinated during the exercise that will start in Kampala Metropolitan Area.

Byaruhanga said they have started with Kampala Metropolitan Police because it has many Police officers as well as a center for people from all corners of the country putting them at risk of contracting the virus.

He said the exercise will later be rolled out in border districts and those along major highways.

More than 50 ordered to clean police stations after violating curfew guidelines

By Sania Babirye

City hall court orders over 50 people to clean various police stations around Kampala and Wakiso districts after convicting them for violating curfew guidelines including moving past curfew hours.

The convicts including women, men and Indian Nationals have appeared via a video conferencing before City Hall Court grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise who read to them the charge of disobeying lawful orders.

They then pleaded guilty to the said offence and ordered to clean various police stations including Kabalagala, kira road, Kyaliwajala, Nansana, old Kampala and Wandegeya police stations respectively.

These have been ordered each to work for one week and four hours a day under the supervision of Officers in charge of stations but the foreign Nationals who are here on visitation have been warned and cautioned against violating curfew hours.

Court has also ordered that the convicts be given jackets written on them community service work for all residents to know that they are on punishments.

The magistrate emphasized that the sentence is to serve as a lesson to to deter other would be offenders from defying covid 19 regulations.

According to the charge sheet the convicts were arrested during the night of 18th March 2021 from different places and bars around Kampala and Wakiso and they have spent a weekend at Kitalya and Kigo government prisons respectively.

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.

Police investigating people stealing boda bodas during curfew hours

By Robert Segawa

Police has started investigating circumstances under which several motorcycles were robbed after curfew time in a new wave of robberies targeting boda boda riders.

According to the Kampala deputy Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, they have registered several incidents where boda bodas are knocked by motor vehicles , before being robbed in the new style.

“In these kind of incidents, a motor vehicle driver knocks down a rider off the road. The driver and his accomplices stop and take the motorcycle leaving the injured rider. Katwe Police Station has registered three incidents,” Owoyesigyire said .

He noted that while investigating the theft of one motorcycle number UFF 092W, police impounded a motor vehicle UAS 492W suspected to have been used in one of the thefts of boda bodas after a tip off.

Owoyesigyire added that after cordoning off the area, machetes and wooden bars were recovered from the vehicle whereas the owners were also arrested and will now face charges related to being in possession of suspected stolen motorcycle parts and aggravated robbery.
“We advise boda boda riders to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines on curfew since most of the incidents happen during that time,” said Owoyesigyire

Uganda Police changes uniforms

By Robert Segawa

Uganda Police Force has today unveiled new types of uniforms that will replace some of the old ones .

This was announced by the chairman of the police uniform committee AIGP Asan Kasingye at the police headquarters in Naguru.

Kasingye said that the white traffic police uniform will now be replaced with a khaki one with white berets,belts and caps for female officers.

Kasingye added that Aviation police officers will now put on black counter terrorism uniforms whereas Marine Police will put on Khaki uniforms and a sky blue beret.

The new uniform will see Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) police officers put on the Field Force Unit uniform

The chairman of the police uniforms committee said that Field Force Unit and Counter Terrorism Unit will retain their uniforms but other units will wear khaki uniforms but in different designs.

According to Kasingye, the initial 17 police uniforms will now be reduced to 13 and each of the 46000 officers will be given two new pairs of uniform.