With only three days to Christmas, traffic police have unveiled a plan intended to minimize road carnage that usually shoots in such periods especially in urban areas and highways.
Traffic police spokesperson, Charles Ssebambulidde, said they have intensified Fiika Salama translated as arrive safely and Tembea Salama which means (safe drive) operations on highways and Kampala City respectively.
He says the operations are meant to ensure no motorist over speeds or drives without the requirements for road usage.
These requirements include a valid driving permit, PSV, third party, working brakes, tyres in good condition, flash lights, seat belts and functioning indicators.
Last Friday, traffic police director, Dr Steven Kasiima, said they had arrested over 50000 drivers in the last one year for abusing roads rules and regulations.
Relatedly, the Inspector General of Police Gen.Kale Kayihura has issued an order of arrest for any police officer found moving alone in possession of a gun.
Addressing journalists on Friday at police headquarters in Naguru, Gen.Kayihura said that intelligence reports have pointed out to police officers being targets of thugs.
“You are not supposed to move alone with a gun either to or from work. It is illegal,”Gen.Kayihura said.
“Any police man walking with a gun alone should be arrested because they are becoming a danger to themselves. It is indiscipline.”
The police chief cited an example of the guard for Justice Duncan Gaswaga who was killed by unknown thugs in Mbarara last night before taking his gun.
He explained that the thugs pretended as seeking for help before clobbering the police officer on the head, grabbed his gun and shooting him dead before taking off with it.
Gen.Kayihura warned police officers that they are being targeted by thugs in order to kill them and grab their guns but said this should not be allowed to thrive because it is a security risk.
“These same guns stolen from our officers will be used against our people. I have given orders to officers in charge of police stations to organise transport to and from work so they do not move alone to avoid being targeted.”
He warned that the police would roll out the same measures for private security companies whose employees always move alone with guns.
The number of attacks on police officers and guns taken have been on the rise of late.
In September, a police constable, Daniel Mayende was attacked by thugs at a check point in Busia town near the Uganda- Kenya border before stabbing him and the gun taken.
Thugs moving on motorcycles attacked Hussein Mubiru and Moses Karungi all Special Police Constables (SPC) attached to Mutundwe police station before killing them and took off with their guns.
On the festive season, he asked members of the public to always be vigilant as thugs are out there lurking to pounce on them as they enjoy the holidays.
“Be on the look out. Girls and women should never move alone,”he warned.