“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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
said they have suspects in Gen Katumba shooting but they are not the actual
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.