In a press briefing this afternoon, police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye has updated the public about the security progress in the greater Masaka Region particularly in the districts of Masaka, Lwengo, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi, Lyantonde, Rakai, and Sembabule. and also Bugiri and Buvuma
In his briefing this afternoon, Kasingye said that the security agents have successfully eliminated black spots and not registered any new attacks on civilians in Masaka region.
“Due to the increased visibility which is our principal enforcement strategy with greater presence of police car and foot patrols, accompanied by education and awareness campaigns, as well as activating the neighborhood watch schemes up to the lowest unit of the village; we have successfully eliminated black spots and not registered any new attacks on civilians in the area” he said.
He added that so far 23 suspects have been arrested, 19 of whom are to appear in court today on various offences of Aggravated Robbery, Attempted murder and Rape.
“We are therefore concerting efforts on how to better protect members of public in this region and the country at large”.
“There is no doubt with this new level of mutual support and coordination among the security agencies, crime preventers, local council leaders and the community, peace and security will be greatly restored”, Kasingye said.
Kasinge continued to say that, “the security situation in the country is generally calm and peaceful with no serious incidents except lawlessness and criminality in Greater Masaka region, where criminals reported assaulted people”.
“Uganda Police Force and its sister security agencies have beefed up security in the region and they continue to work jointly to eliminate criminals from the area. Over 89 suspects have been arrested in connection to the lawlessness in Masaka region, 33 suspects appeared in court last week and 56 are still under investigation. The Region is now calm and the public are living peaceful. Businesses are running normally”.
Today (10/4/2017) 19 suspects will appear in court, their files were sanctioned by the State Attorney. They are charged with aggravated robbery, attempted murder and rape.
Security Forces have put up a number of measures in Greater Masaka region to see that lawlessness does not occur in the area and these include the following ;-
1. Joint community mobilization intensification through neighborhood watch
2. Establishment of security committees at all levels
3. Joint security patrols
4. Joint intelligence gathering
5. Establishment of joint command center with toll free line 0800199599.
Police in Bugiri are holding six employees of Nabukalu Health Center III, suspected to have stolen government drugs and selling them to the public.
The six are suspected to have stolen dozens of coartem from Nabukalu Health Center III in Nabukalu Sub County in Bugiri district.
The store of the health center was broken into and the nature of the breaking in was constructive. One Bakanuze Alex had allegedly lost part of the key for the stores so when he was handing over to his colleague one Nabiso Tabisa a storekeeper, promising that he will look for the keys later.
The incident happened on 6th April 2017 at unknown time and the case was reported on 8/4/2017.
The suspects are Nabiso Tabisa Storekeeper, Bakanuze Alex nursing Officer, Kyakabale Alex Clinic Assistant, Burungi Modern Midwife, Baliruno Moses and Baise Sula both cleaners.
They will be charged with store breaking and theft.
Police in Buvuma on 5/4/2017 arrested 58 suspects, of whom 44 were charged to court for malicious damage of church property.
On 4/4/2017 residents of Galamo cell, Walwanda ward, in Buvuma town council attacked African Apostolic church on allegation that one of its lead pastors had bought spirits locally referred to as mayembe. The destroyed church property and worshippers fled in disarray.
Police in Buvuma has been mediating between the community and church on how this standoff can be solved amicably before a solution could be got, residents decided to raid the church destroying all the seats, musical instruments among others, there appears to be a conspiracy between some locals and traditional healers in this area to frustrate the activities of the church in Buvuma.
Police has taken charge and all those involved have been apprehended.