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Mbarara Residents Accuse Police of Abetting Crime

In a period of one month alone, five residents including a student of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) have fallen prey to armed robbers.
Residents of Mbarara town are bitter with the Police Force for failing to control a spiraling crime rate.

They have now petitioned the Inspector General of Police Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura to intervene in curbing the wave of insecurity that has affected the municipality.

In a period of one month alone, five residents including a student of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) have fallen prey to armed robbers.

Amudan Manji, a resident of Mbarara town, on Thursday told Kayihura during a public gathering at Boma ground that the police are to blame for the rising insecurity.

Manji, supported by other members of the public, told the IGP that his officers were to blame for the insecurity because well-known criminals are released from detention after paying bribes.

The police chief had been in Mbarara town on a fact finding mission following a public outcry that murder and armed robbery cases were on the rise in the area.

But the officers led by regional Police commander south-western Martin Abilu denied the claims saying they have done their best to maintain peace in the area inspite of many challenges.

Kayihura promised to set up a team of officers to investigate the allegations. He also promised to establish more police posts throughout Mbarara town to check on the growing crime rate in the area.

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