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.

Police nabs nine in mobile money theft operation

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala has arrested nine people in an operation targeting a gang of criminals that intend to steal from the public through fake mobile money messages.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, police in Katwe swung into action after getting intelligence information on the gang members commonly known as “call call”. These defraud people using mobile phones by calling and claiming that they have won prizes.

Owoyesigyire noted that the gang members pretend to be telecom employees and they tell their unsuspecting victims to send them money whereas the same group breaks into people’s houses and steal property.

He added that during the operation, suspected stolen items including television sets, music systems, machetes and government stores were recovered from the suspects’residences.

“Nine people, including their commander Micheal Kanalwa of Kosovo zone, have been arrested and the operation is still going on to get rid of these criminals in the area,”Owoyesigyire said.

Police bosses in trouble for not paying constables

By Robert Segawa

The Police Professional Standards Unit (PPSU) has started investigating Regional Police Commanders (RPCs) and District Police Commanders (DPCs ) for embezzling money meant for allowances and other emoluments for Special Police Constables.

In a communication sent out to the Inspector General of Police, his deputy directors and the PPSU commander: The Commissioner of Police Sarah Kibwika said that investigations have commenced to understand circumstances under which some commanders made illegal deductions from emoluments of Special Police Constables.

Kibwika adds that the act of embezzling the emoluments is not only demeaning and shameful but also tarnishes the force’s image and commanders implicated will face the wrath of the law.

In October 2020, the police administration decided to recruit 50,000 special police Constables in each district in the country .

In a press conference held at the Police headquarters in 2020, Police spokesman Fred Enanga, intimated to the press that ech SPC entitled to UGX 370000 monthly pay for a period of three months.

After recruitment , the constables served in over 36000 polling stations in the country since police was over stretched with man power.

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.

Police on a search for unknown gunman who killed a mobile money agent

By Robert Segawa

Security operatives in Entebbe have launched a man hunt on armed assailants who shot dead a mobile money operator at Nalugalala Entebbe in Wakiso district.

The incident happened on Wednesday evening when unknown armed assailants shot dead Nambi Bogiya a few metres from her rented house in Nalugalala Katabi town council.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the victim was trailed by a group of unknown assailants from her work place before she was shot dead and unspecified amount of money taken from her.

Owoyesigyire adds that after receiving the information, the police went to the scene with a team of detectives, K9 and flying squad operatives.

It is alleged that the victim was trailed by a group of unknown assailants from her work place in Nalugala before she was shot dead and unspecified amount of money taken from her.

He further adds that three cartridge casings have been recovered from the scene. They will be examined to establish the firearm used in gruesome murder.

The body of the deceased has been conveyed to City mortuary Mulago for a postmortem. Investigations into the murder and aggravated robbery is on going.

Allowances for electoral SPCs were released – Minister

By Edwin Muhumuza

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ephraim Kamuntu has refuted reports that money meant for payment to police constables who served during the electoral period was swindled.

The minister said this while appearing before parliament in response to the concerns raised on the floor by Hon. Timuzigu Michael Kamugisha over the Irregularities and inconsistencies in Payment of allowances to Police Constables who tendered security services during the Electoral Process.

“The Electoral Commission provided for payment of Shs. 40,000/- (forty thousand shillings) only, per round of elections, to each Polling Constable, it further provided for payment of Shs. 30,000/- (thirty thousand shillings) only, per round of elections, to the Polling Constable in charge of enforcing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at every polling station.”

According to the minister, the Commission released funds totaling approximately 8,000,000,000/- (eight billion shillings) only, towards payment of the temporary election officials.

“The disparity between the amount payable to the Polling Constable (Shs. 40,000/-) and the Constable for SOPs (Shs. 30,000/-) is because the SOPs official is a new category introduced to the Polling Station structure.”

There has been widespread protests countrywide from police constables, the latest being those from Kabale district where more than 1,500 SPCs were recruited in the Kigezi region and, about 60 of them stormed the Central Police Station to demand payment of allowances.

They argued that in addition to their monthly earning of 375,200 Shillings, they were also promised 40,000 Shillings per voting day, which they are yet to receive.

“The allowance rates for each constable are clear and the difference does not constitute an irregularity as it has been alleged. Furthermore, there is no inconsistency in the amounts being paid to the respective temporary election officials as their rates are clearly stated in the appointment letter.” Kamuntu remarked.

He further revealed that the Electoral Commission released all the money required to pay all temporary election officers including Polling Constables, who were appointed in writing and deployed at polling stations and the commission issued a Circular to all City/District Returning Officers instructing them to ensure that all temporary election officials are paid as per the rates indicated in the respective appointment letters and in accordance with the terms of employment.

However, the minister noted that there were delays in some parts of the country to make payment to Police Constables, especially those who were drawn from outposts and given the tight demands of the General Elections schedule, the returning Officers were unable to make the required arrangements for travel to these stations to make these direct payments.

“Now that the elections are concluded, the necessary arrangements will be made to pay the constables right from their posts. The Electoral Commission has assured me to settle the delayed payment within a period of fourteen (14) working days from today 9th’ February, 2021 and will also handle any specific cases where there has been unnecessary delays to pay appointed officers.” Kamuntu said.