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CCTV Officers Were Warned Against Sloppiness Before Katumba Shooting

“This thing is very serious. A number of police officers attached to CCTV monitoring, control and command centres have been arrested. Others arrested are from the 999 patrol team, as all evidence available shows there was negligence, sloppiness and laxity which had earlier been detected
Military officers at Gen Katumba shooting scene
It is 11 days ever since Gen Edward Katumba Wamala’s military vehicle was riddled with bullets that killed his daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayondo on the spot. The four-star General who survived with bullet wounds was attacked by four-gun wielding men moving on two motorcycles.

The deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Paul Lokech, has since come out to acknowledge that there was a lot of laxity before, during and after the attack on Gen Katumba at Kisota road, Kawempe division, in Kampala.

Lokech admits that Closed Circuit Television –CCTV cameras show the assailants in the area for more than 50 minutes. This, according to Lokech, explains the negligence, laxity and lack of swift communication since the assailants could have been cornered before escaping.

Police say there was negligence and laxity on the side CCTV command police officers as well as the police personnel that first responded to the scene. Sources have now told Uganda Radio Network –URN that so far 11 police officers from CCTV command, 999 motor vehicle and motorcycle patrol team have been arrested, interrogated and later released on bond.

“This thing is very serious. A number of police officers attached to CCTV monitoring, control and command centres have been arrested," said the source. "Others arrested are from the 999 patrol team, as all evidence available shows there was negligence, sloppiness and laxity which had earlier been detected. Police officers were warned but they did not take the warning seriously.”

URN has seen a copy of an internal warning issued six weeks before Gen Katumba was attacked. The Criminal Investigations Director- AIGP Grace Akullo, through the homicide commander, SP Monday Johnson, warned police officers attached to CCTV command against dodging their duties.

“It has been noted with concerned that some deployed at National Command Centre do not follow the program," Monday stated on behalf of his boss Akullo.  "This is therefore to warn those who have been neglecting to perform their duties to desist from the act forthwith.” 

URN has learnt that by the time AIGP Akullo came out to warn officers attached to CCTV command monitoring centres, it had become normal for the officers to be absent while others would be within the buildings but attending to individual errands or just in conversations.

In addition, URN has further established that ICT director CP Felix Baryamwisaki, also warned personnel against being diverted by their mobile telephones while inside CCTV monitoring, control and command rooms. Baryamwisaki’s warning came on 14th May, just 17 days before Gen Katumba was shot at.

In a bid to keep police officers glued on CCTV cameras, Baryamwisaki prohibited them from entering the CCTV operations rooms with mobile phones. District/ Division Police Commanders –DPC were tasked to inform all personnel attached to CCTV operation rooms to dare not enter with mobile phones or else risk being prosecuted in the Police Court.

“You are hereby directed to inform all CCTV operators that mobile phones are not allowed inside CCTV monitoring centres in your area, " Baryamwisaki warning on May 14th stated. "This is in adherence to CCTV SOPs. Disciplinary action will be taken against any CCTV operator found with a phone inside the CCTV monitoring centres. All DPCs, supervisors are therefore instructed to implement this directive with immediate effect.”

URN has been informed that police suspects that Gen Katumba's assailants might have studied the laxity of field and CCTV personnel and exploited the situation to the fullest.

Lokech said they have suspects in Gen Katumba shooting but they are not the actual suspected assailants.

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