The joint team consists of forensic, ICT and investigation experts drawn from the Directorate of Forensic Science, Crime Intelligence, Criminal Investigations Directorate, Internal Security Organizations and Chieftainancy of Military Intelligence.
The Police and military agencies have set up a team to track the
sources of anonymous threatening leaflets that have been dropped in various parts
of the country. The leaflets have been dropped in areas of
Masanafu in Lubaga Division, Kawempe Division, Nsangi, Mukono, Jinja and
The joint team consists of forensic, ICT and investigation experts drawn from
the Directorate of Forensic Science, Crime Intelligence, Criminal
Investigations Directorate, Internal Security Organisations and Chieftaincy of
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said some of the officers on the teams are
reviewing Closed Circuit Television –CCTV footage retrieved in places where
anonymous intimidating letters have been dropped.
Enanga explains that the purpose of gathering and reviewing CCTV videos is to
ensure strangers seen dropping the letters are tracked and arrested. Other
personnel on the team are tasked to analyse the handwriting on the walls and
letters with a view of finding groups behind the attempt to cause worry and
fear among members of the public.
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Digital security analyst, Paul Senoga, believes that matters of anonymous
threats and other crime-related incidents like theft, burglary and robbery can
be addressed if security agencies rally the public to embrace digital security.
Senoga argues that people have not realised that a security gadget of about
400,000 shillings can protect their property, home and family members.
“People do not see the reason for having electronic security gadgets in their
cars, home or workplace. Some people argue that their properties are cheap or
old. But you ask him whether he can give it out for free and he refuses. When
it gets lost, that is when you see the value. Installing a tracking device of
400,000 shillings or a security alarm protects the property, family and eases
investigation in case of a crime,” Senoga argues.
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Senoga cites an example of a home that was broken into in Muyenga in Kampala
where valuables were taken but also victims assaulted. Senoga explains that the
culprits were arrested from Namuwongo with the help of a chip installed in a
mere 32-inch flat television screen.
Enanga agrees with Senoga that people need to have crime deterrence measures such
as security lights, dogs, security alarms and CCTV cameras. Security says
places that have such installations are often avoided by criminal elements.
UPDF Deputy Spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu, says the army and its
intelligence agencies working alongside police will ensure incidents similar to
those that have happened in Masaka are dealt with precisely. Lt Col Kakurungu
calls upon the public particularly those in areas threatened with attacks to
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Security has also criticized some sections of the media that are linking every
crime incident to the machete killings in Masaka. Enanga says even incidents of
isolated crime like gangs that raided a home in Nansana –Katoke are being
regarded as machete attacks yet these were isolated robbers.
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.