James Apora, the Commandant of Maritime Police told URN on Monday that they received instructions from the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola to prepare and purchase additional boats and conduct refresher training ahead of deployment on lake Bunyonyi in November.
Uganda Police is
set to establish a detachment on Lake Bunyonyi in South Western Uganda owning
to the reported increase in crime rates and drowning there.
The move follows the wide
spread outcry that the high crime rates and drowning are threatening tourism
around Africa’s second deepest lake.
the Commandant of Maritime Police told URN on Monday that they received instructions
from the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola to prepare and
purchase additional boats and conduct refresher training ahead of deployment on lake Bunyonyi in November.
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At the end
of August, a family of five people drowned in the lake. This was in addition to
three other people who drowned in the same lake a week before.
According to Apora,
apart from the residents, several tourists have also drowned in the lake. Although he
doesn’t give the exact the number of people who drown in Lake Bunyonyi each year,
Aparo says at least a case is reported each month.
47 Marine police officers
are currently undergoing training at the Marine Police headquarters in Kigo in
addition to a batch of 40 others who had just completed their refresher
course. The officers
will be deployed at 26 detachments across the country.
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There are 288
maritime police officers spread across the country. However, a survey conducted
by Makerere University School of Public Health last week found the officers
incapacitated to be able to efficiently man the water bodies.
showed a lot drowning happens in the community and the police never get to
know as the deaths go unreported. Apora admitted
the challenge of the limited human resource and equipment they need to save
He also said they only have 25 buoy rings, which they use to rescuing
drowning victims across the entire country. Aparo says
they have a plan of increasing their team by hiring more 500 marine police officers.