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Having joined Uganda Police Force in 1987, Namanya says he will never forget terror strikes in Kampala in the 33 years he served Uganda Police Force. According to Namanya, Uganda Police Force wasn’t prepared for terrorism when grenades started exploding in public places in Kampala between 1996 and 2000.
Rtd Senior Commissioner Banjamin Namanya

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Benjamin Namanya retired from the Uganda Police Force alongside 277 last month at the rank of Senior Commissioner of Police. Namanya served twice as Commandant of Kampala Extra Police, a job he says was very challenging.     Having joined Uganda Police Force in 1987, Namanya says he will never forget terror strikes in Kampala in the 33 years he served Uganda Police Force. According to Namanya, Uganda Police Force wasn’t prepared for terrorism when grenades started exploding in public places in Kampala between 1996 and 2000.

  The grenades thrown by anonymous assailants would explode in crowded places such as Kawempe, Old Kampala and City center claiming several lives and leaving scores of other injured. The terror attacks are believed to have been the handwork of the rebel Allied Democratic Force- ADF.  

  Namanya says the terror strikes were very challenging for him as a commander since there was urgent need for a solution to protect city dwellers from the anonymous attackers.  

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Major Herbert Itongwa, a former UPDF deserter operated in Mukono in the early 2000s where he launched subversive activities under the rebel Uganda National Democratic Alliance. He fled into exile but was arrested in Denmark.  

  Itongwa’s group was allegedly reportedly for shooting the Southern Regional Police Commander, Erisa Karakire who was assassinated alongside his driver, Samwiri Kakonge in February 1997. This forced government to put a 5-million-Shillings bounty for anyone who would provide useful leads leaving to his capture.  

  Itongwa was also accused of orchestrating the kidnap of former Health Minister, Dr. James Makumbi. Government pursued Itongwa to face charges of desertion, misuse or government stores, murder, robbery and treason. Namanya also spoke about his tour of duty under the United Nations Mission where he lost two of his juniors in a rebel ambush.  

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Namanya rose through the ranks having started as a Cadet in 1987 to Senior Commissioner. Police force has retained him on contract as Deputy Director Peace Support Operations. This directorate is under the command of Assistant Inspector General of Police –AIGP, Grace Turyagumanawe.  

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