Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, says when people don’t respect police, it culminates into high levels of violence that is often meted at Police officers executing their lawful duties. He cited last week’s attack and murder of police constable Moro Majid.
The Police leadership
is worried about the increasing cases of violence directed at its officers in
West Nile sub region. It is alleged that a number of Police officers have been
attacked, injured and killed in West Nile in the recent past.
This has prompted the
police leadership to devise policing strategies in West Nile to reverse the situation
ahead of the 2021 general elections.
A team of experienced police officers in community policing has
been dispatched to West Nile region to engage residents and leaders with a view
of developing an amicable method of keeping law and order in the area.
Spokesperson Fred Enanga, says when people don’t
respect police, it culminates into high levels of violence that is often meted
at Police officers executing their lawful duties. He cited last week’s attack and murder of
police constable Moro Majid.
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Moro was shot at Onyire village in Logoba Parish
in Moyo Sub-County in Moyo District last week. The constable met his
death when he and eight others responded to a disturbance call of mob justice
where they managed rescue, Masegera Mansoro who was being lynched for allegedly
poisoning two boys to death.
According to police, while transferring the suspect, a mob hit
Moro with a stone and he fell down unconscious. It is at this point that
someone in rowdy crowd grabbed his gun and shot him dead. His gun was abandoned
at the scene with eight bullets.
Moro, who police described as a dedicated Police officer had
had served for 9 years after joining in 2011. Four months ago, a team of Flying
Squad Unit (FSU) operatives dispatched from Kampala to back up Police in Arua
District to hunt for the assailants of Corporal Santo Ochandwongo, the Commander
Ayivuni Police Post.
Ochandwongo was killed brutally when thugs
raided his police post where he was on duty alone. The assailants plucked out the deceased’s eyes,
cut his jaws and head. Enanga says police has zeroed on a group of suspects orchestrating
attacks on police officers.
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Arua District made news headlines in 2018 during the
by-elections to replace the former Arua Municipality Member of parliament, Col.
Ibrahim Abiriga who was gunned down by unknown assailants.
of the military and police fired live bullets and teargas when a group voters
allied to Abiriga’s successor Kassiano Wadri for allegedly stoning the
presidential motorcade on the eve of the by-elections.
The driver of the Kyadondo East MP, Robert
Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, Yasin Kawuma was gunned down in the chaos.