The Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola has described 2022 as a difficult yr, asking participants of the general public to be vigilant as they benefit from the festive season.
In his Christmas message, Ochola stated the yr has been busy for the pressure in phrases of policing and public protection.
“To begin with, we are entering the festive season amidst a threat environment that is motivated by individuals and groups with violent ideologies. These criminal elements from the ADF and the Uganda Coalition for Change (UCFC), a self-styled rebel group, carried out senseless attacks on police units and personnel, in which some of our officers lost their lives, while others were seriously injured, in the line of duty of protecting the community,” Ochola stated.
He then again hailed police and different safety officials who misplaced their lives throughout the assaults, noting that their names shall be pinned at the pressure’s wall of reputation.
IGP Ochola additionally discussed the violent crimes alongside the Northern bypass the place criminals used pavers to hit pedestrians and in addition damage windscreens of cars ahead of robbing occupants blank and leaving others badly injured.
“We witnessed vandalism of electricity and other utility infrastructure, and the traditional crimes of aggravation like armed robberies and murders. In addition, the global economic crisis that has affected many countries, including Uganda, has created a time of adversity and uncertainty, which has led to a surge in general crimes. “
Ochola stated in spite of the demanding situations, the joint safety forces have controlled to face tall to serve Ugandans via making sure their protection and that of their assets.
“Despite these challenges, I am grateful to the collaborative efforts of the joint security partners, my leadership team, all territorial commanders and frontline officers, who have gone above the call of duty, to prevent, counter, disrupt and dismantle, the criminal elements behind these acts of hostility and violence. As a result we restored sanity along the Kampala Northern bypass, dismantled criminal networks in the greater Kampala suburbs of Nansana, Kyebando, Kyengera, Namungoona, Katwe, Kisenyi as well as in Mbarara and Fort Portal,” Ochola stated.
” We also disrupted efforts by the ADF, to reconstitute and establish operational cells in Lukaya and Butambala, and most recently in Matugga and Maganjo. Several suspects linked to the hostile group were arrested, including the leader of the ADF terror cell in Central Region, a one Kabanda Abdallah Musa alias Mogo. An assortment of exhibits in form of IEDs, suicide bomb jackets, bomb making and instruction materials, rifles, ammunition, motorcycles and electronic gadgets were recovered.”
He stated the police has additional strengthened safety in Karamoja along with the UPDF, made strides in complicated analytics, in Information Technology, forensics, Criminal Investigations and Crime Intelligence amongst others.
“We have expanded our CCTV network and are committed to an innovative future by developing the e-policing system. We have also undergone numerous structural changes by promoting several gazetted officers, conducted multiple capacity building trainings, recruited new PPCs and also implemented the sub-county policing model, for better protection and quality service delivery in the community. Although there’s still a long way to roll it out, we are proud of what we are trying to achieve. “
The police leader requested participants of the general public to be vigilant as they have a good time Christmas and all different festivities throughout this era.
“This Christmas, may we give thanks for the blessings that the Almighty God has granted our nation and in each of our lives. And may the joy of the festive season, renew our commitment to working together for the future of peace, opportunity and hope.”
“Christmas is a period of thanksgiving, togetherness, harmony, peace, love and unity. Let us use this opportunity to encourage and uplift each other, creating time for family and reaching out to the sick and vulnerable people in our communities,” Ochola famous.
Author: Nile Post