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First Ugandan IGP's Family Donates Land Police Post

Ben Okot, the Purongo Sub –County Chairman says the establishment of a Police Post will greatly help fight crimes and poaching that are so rampant in the area and that the 10kms distance from Purongo Police Post to Tangi Village makes timely police response in case emergencies difficult
The grandduaghter of Wilson Erinayo Oryema Nancy Oryema Speaking to URN in an interview -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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The family of the late Inspector General of Police Wilson Erinayo Oryema has donated land to Uganda Police establish a Police Post for the improvement of security in a large expanse of land that is prone to crime. 

The one –acre piece of land located at Tangi Village, Pabit Parish, Purongo Sub –County in Nwoya District is part of the family’s 6,000 acres bordering Murchison Falls Game Park.

Nancy Oryema, granddaughter of the deceased, told URN in an interview that the process for the donation of the land started way back in September 2014 during the reburial of the late Oryema and that final agreement was reached in March this year.

According to Oryema, the establishment of the Police Post is to help curb the rampant poaching and crimes in the area.

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Ben Okot, the Purongo Sub –County Chairman also says the establishment of a Police post will greatly help fight crimes and poaching that are so rampant in the area and that the distance from Purongo Police Post to Tangi Village is over 10 Kilometers, something that makes it very hard in terms of police timely response in case they are alerted.

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Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson reveals that the District Police Commander of Nwoya has been tasked to carry out an assessment on the land donated before the Commandant of Environmental Police could visit the land.

Okema also adds that the Nwoya District Engineer will go and grade the land this week to allow other processes for the establishment of the police post to kick off.

The late Wilson Erinayo Oryema was the first African and Ugandan Inspector General of Uganda Police who served from 1964 to 1971 before becoming Minister for Land, Mineral and Water Resources and then Land, Housing and Physical Planning between 1971 and 1977.

In February 1977, Oryema was killed in extra-judicial execution by the military government alongside Archbishop Janani Luwum and Interior Minister Charles Oboth Ofumbi. He was reburied in September 2014 at his ancestral home in Tangi Village, Nwoya district.

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