The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has instructed all police patrols vehicles in the city to leave police stations and start patrolling in the city during day and night, we have reliably been informed.
Ochola issued the directive on Wednesday and appointed ACP Cohen Arinaitwe as the commandant patrol.
Our sources close to Ochola told us that his directive followed after he was informed that most of the patrols have been stationed at police stations under the command of DPCs while others were distributed to civilians by his predecessor Gen Kale Kayihura.
It is reported that about 60 patrol vehicles have already been withdrawn from civilians mostly government officials who got them from Gen Kayihura.
Sources added that Ochola ordered that only one patrol vehicle should be left for every DPC in the city center. The rest of the patrols are now under the control of ACP Arinaitwe.
It is further reported that they have already been rebranded with “999”.
It is revealed that during the 2016 elections, Kayihura allocated four police patrols to each police station.
After elections, the vehicles remained in the hands of DPCs and could not make city operations due to lack of fuel.
“Kayihura blocked fuel for patrol vehicles and channeled it to civilians like Kitata, Sebina among others,” said a source from police saying that this increased crime in the city because patrol vehicles could not respond to an emergency.
It is indicated that Ochola channeled all the fuel which Kayihura had allocated to Kitata and crime preventers among others to police patrols and stopped fuel cards for officers apart from police directors.
“Ochola directed commandant Filed Transport officer (FTO) to allocate 30litres of fuel to each police patrol on daily basis to enable them carry operations without fail,” said a source.
Sources added that Ochola said all patrols will be patrolling in the city during day and night and the work must start with immediate effect.
“If patrols are working day and night, visibility in the city will increase and this will reduce crime in the Kampala and suburbs,” a source quoted IGP Ochola saying.
Ochola added that criminals had infiltrated the public because they knew police laxity.
“Criminals know that police patrols are not working and they use that chance to terrorize the public,” added Ochola.
Sources added that Ochola said that if Patrols were active, Kaweesi killers would have been got.
“If patrols were all over the city working day and night, Kaweesi killers would have been intercepted and arrested,” another source quoted Ochola saying.
Sources said Ochola revealed that after Kaweesi was gunned down, killers went without follow up because police patrols had no fuel to chase them.
When asked some patrol drivers about the new changes, they all welcomed it and said this is the right time to chase criminals in the city.
“We used to chase criminals in the city but when Kaweesi came to Kampala, he blocked our fuel and channeled it to crime preventers and other people like Kitata, Kiyimba among others,” said one of the drivers.
Drivers added that they used to get 20-30 liters of fuel daily during Ochom regime but when Kaweesi came he reduced it from 20 litres daily to 30 liters weekly.
“DPCS had turned police patrols into their personal cars because they were controlling them,” said another driver.