Uganda Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura has spoken out on the security siatuation in the country, assuring Ugandans that the force was “on top of the situation”.

Gen Kayihura addressed journalists at Katwe Police Station in Kampala on Monday.

According to Gen. Kayihura, the Uganda Police Force has successfully addressed the security situation in the Country keeping the country safe and secure despite a few incidents that continue to occur.

“As you aware, we have already taken 13 suspects involved in the murder of the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver PC Godfrey Mambewa and his body guard CPL Kenneth Erau.”, he said.

 

“You are also aware that we arrested and arraigned in court suspects of the murders of Muslim Clerics. We are also progressing well with the investigations of the murder of the late Joan Kagezi”, Kayihura said.

He went on to say that in Greater Masaka, the insecurity that was witnessed in the three districts of Lwengo, Masaka and Bukomansimbi especially during the months of October and November last year, is now under control.

“Over 100 suspects were arrested and over 50 suspects have appeared in courts of law. The communities have been mobilized to work closely with the police through increased patrols, community policing, crime intelligence and investigation to increase vigilance and defeat these criminals in the communities”, Kayihura said.

“In Kampala Metropolitan policing area, there are criminals circulating leaflets intimidating the public and robbing their property. These leaflets have been circulated in Namulanda, Kyengera, Nsangi and Wakiso. Currently, we have prime suspects in connection with this crime. We have apprehended over 13 suspects who are prime suspects in this new wave of crime. They are providing useful information that will help in our investigations. We shall prosecute all of them and soon, we shall stamp out the vice completely”, he added.

“The joint security in Kampala has also arrested many suspected criminals involved in car robberies that have been rampant in recent times. One such suspected robber is JAMES SSEJJUUKI JJUUKO, 37 years. He was arrested after a long hunt. At his place of residence in Nansana, Wakiso District, police recovered a stolen vehicle AUDI Reg No. UAY 530A, and owner of this vehicle has already been notified. He also had with him 35 head lumps, 2 suspected stolen number plates and he was in possession of a suspected stolen passport in the names of Byakagaba Moses, BO 972550. We shall soon arraign him in court together with his accomplices, some of whom are still at large”, Kayihura added.

The inspector of police further assured the public that these and more crimes are being handled very well to increase security and safety across the country. “We have intensified our community policing initiatives where we continue to mobilize communities to embrace the Neighborhood Watch Scheme, work with crime preventors and local leaders such as LC 1, to ensure peace and security in neighborhoods”, he said.

“Also in Kampala, I have visited all boda boda stages in our community policing initiatives to mobilize them to register, have valid and relevant documents, adhere to the traffic and road safety regulations and work closely with security agencies in the fight against crime”, he added.

“Therefore, I would like to reassure the country the Uganda Police together with other security agencies are on top of the situation. We need the vigilance of our population through working together with us to ensure total security throughout the country. We shall arrest all the other suspects that have not been arrested yet, and take them to courts of laws”, Kayihura said.

Kayihura also told journalists that police reports indicated that the assailants were members of organised criminal gangs.

He cautioned police officers against providing protection to criminal gangs.

Gen.Kayihura said such police officers will be brought to book adding that Police has information that there are also some politicians using criminal gangs to terrorize residents with an aim of discrediting government.

The IGP was responding to claims by one of the suspects arrested for masterminding the wave of insecurity in Masaka, Kampala and Wakiso districts. Juma Muyirwa pinned police officers for knowingly providing protection to criminal gangs. He said their planning meetings, often held in Kampala, are guarded by policemen with patrol cars. He observed that one of the meetings police guarded was attended by more than 250 thugs at Mt Zion hotel in Makerere.

He went on to say that Police has so far arrested over 50 suspects in Kampala, 100 in greater Masaka region and 40 from Mbarara District.

Greater Masaka has seen a spate of attacks by unknown assailants who raid villages, and injure locals.

Kayihura also told journalists that police reports indicated that the assailants were members of organised criminal gangs.

“What we are sure of is: this is organised crime and not just individuals.”

He also suggested that the attackers could have connection with political groups.

“These criminal attacks might be linked to some political elements who want to create fear among people.”

Kayihura admitted that police had challenges but assured the public that the situation was under control.

“There are a few gaps here and there which we are looking at filling in our police system. We want the public to know. We are on top of the situation.”