According to Kasingye, he will start with Sebei sub-region where they have recorded several brutal attacks on police personnel. He says they intend to conduct sensitization programs before they profile hostile areas and criminals who cross to Kenya after committing crimes.
The Police Policy Advisory Committee –PAC has
tasked Chief Political Commissars in Uganda Police Force, Asan Kasingye to lead
the drafting of a deployment plan for areas deemed hostile to police officers
across the country.
Some of the areas singled out by the Committee Chaired by
the Inspector-General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola include Sebei sub-region
particularly in Bukwo and Kapchorwa districts.
Others are districts in Bugisu region including
Sironko, Manafwa and Mbale as well as places in Northern Uganda such as Moyo,
Koboko and Nwoya. Several police officers have either been killed or
injured in the line of duty in the listed areas.
According to Kasingye, he will start with Sebei
sub-region where they have recorded several brutal attacks on police personnel.
He says they intend to conduct sensitization programs before they profile
hostile areas and criminals who cross to Kenya after committing crimes. He says
this will then inform their new deployment and policing plan.
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Last week, an angry mob killed two police officers in Bukwo
district during a fight over a defilement suspect. The angry residents ganged
up against the officers when one of the police officers fired a bullet killing
a resident on the spot.
The suspected masterminds of the attack on the
police officers have since crossed to Kenya for safety. In the same area, the
community about a year ago killed a Uganda Wildlife Authority –UWA ranger,
Samson Dhiwerera from Mt Elgon National Park.
Trouble started when rangers and police went to
the area to capture buffaloes that had strayed from the park. Dhiwerera fired a
bullet to scare the buffaloes but it accidentally killed 24-year-old Sam Cherop.
Angry residents lynched Dhiwerera. However, a police officer who was the
deceased identified the suspects leading to their arrest.
The residents turned their anger and lynched
the police officer for providing information leading to the arrest of the ranger’s
killer. Later, gunmen raided Kapchorwa Central Police Station where they killed
one police officer and left three others nursing bullet wounds.
Such incidents explain why Kasingye and his team
have chosen to start with Sebei region before heading to Karamoja where police
is facing similar challenges. Karamoja is currently battling cattle rustling
and criminals killing people just to steal household items.
Other places where attacks on police personnel have been
recorded include Moyo and Koboko in West Nile. Last year, a police
officer was killed at Onyire village, Logoba Parish in Moyo Sub County alongside
colleagues to contain mob action on locals suspected of killing young men.
The Operation Director, AIGP Edward Ochom, said there are increasing
cases of criminal attacks on people for minor things. Ochom cites one incident
where a person was shot dead by a Local Defense Unit –LDU deserter purposely to
steal a duck.
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Kasingye is optimistic that during the profiling, communities
will voluntarily reveal people who have guns that are being used in
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.