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Detective's Load Increases to 950 Cases

In his response, Enanga noted that while the public is right to question their work, they should appreciate the efforts of the Police Force given the huge population in the country.
R-L, CPS operations commander Ivan Nduhura and his junior arresting a suspect in Kampala

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Police detectives are choking with a high number of cases because of increased crime, police spokesperson, Fred Enanga has revealed. According to Enanga, each detective currently handles at least 950 cases compared to 780 cases in the past. 

He was responding to accusations by the Justice Forum-JEEMA political president, Asuman Basalirwa against the police force for failing to conclusively investigate numerous homicides.

Basalirwa particularly singled the murders of Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the former Buyende District Police Commander and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Muhammad Kirumira.

Kaweesi, who doubled as Police Director for Human Resource Development (HRD) and Police Spokesperson, was killed in a volley of bullets on March 17, 2017 while Kirumira was shot dead on September 8, 2018.

In February 2017, Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) Felix Ndyomugyenyi who was also Kaweesi’s deputy said Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) had failed to resolve 4000 murders between 2014 and 2017.

 

In his response, Enanga noted that while the public is right to question their work, they should appreciate the efforts of the Police Force given the huge population in the country.

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He explained that much as police detectives are overloaded, they have done their best to apprehend suspects and presented them in court.

Enanga cited the case of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi where eight suspects are before court.    

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Enanga said there is need to recruit more police officers in order to match the population. With Uganda’s population estimated to be 40million people, it means a single police officer secures 1,052 people which is below United Nations policing standards where 500 people should be manned by each police officer.

Police recruitment was suspended in 2016 in order to use the available funds to set up housing unit for junior police officers. While handing over to his successor in March last year, the former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura said he had left 44600 police personnel

However, a manpower audit put the figure at 38000. While presenting crime statistic of 2017 mid-last year, the CID Director AIGP Grace Akullo, informed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola, that her directorate needed more funding to effectively execute its duties.

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