Leaders and residents of Ruhiira Town council in Isingiro
district are demanding a police post to check on the high level of crime in
Ruhiira Town Council was curved out of Nyakitunda Sub-county in the 2019/20
financial year. It has a population of 15,000, 27 villages and 4
The nearest police posts are in
Kabuyanda Town council which is 15Km, Nyakitunda Sub-County 25 Km and Mwizi
Sub-county in Rwampara District and 20Km away.
Julius Tibijuka a businessman in
Ruhiira town wants the police to consider re-establishing a police post on
grounds that the area has been rocked by thieves. He says that the crime
rate has increased since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year
blaming this on the redundant youth.
He says that incidents of shop and house-breaking in the area are common and
the residents have nowhere to seek help from.
Paul Kamugisha, the Chairperson of
LCI Town Cell, says that his office registers 50 cases of theft daily, 5 cases
of rape and 7 cases of defilement every month.
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Aidah Basiime a resident of Ruhiira cell says that they spend more than 20,000 shillings
on transport to report cases at Kabuyanda Town Council.
Daniel Biryomumaisho Omin the chairperson of LC III Ruhiira Town council says
that last year, the District Police Commander promised them a police post,
which they are yet to
He says that the leaders and residents promised to pay rent for the police post
for at least three months and also feed the personnel manning the post.
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According to Biryomumaisho, leaders in the area can’t enforce the Covid-19
guidelines without the help of police personnel.
Herbert Muhangi, Resident district Commissioner Isingiro says that the issue
has been discussed in the security committee but they lack manpower.
Samson Kasasira, Rwizi Region Police spokesperson says that there is a need for
an assessment before the police post is established in the area.